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Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen Hardcover – March 24, 2009
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history of the Columbia Univerisity rebellion of 1968, as well as a convincing analysis of the ultra-leftism of
the Weathermen/WUO, with considerable self-criticism. Yet the book is optomistic and hopeful, written with the
conviction that to organize and struggle against US imperial foriegn policy was then, and remains now, critically important and just.
The book begs a comparison with Bill Ayer's FUGITIVE DAYS, by another Weatherman leader. Rudd's book wins hands down
as the far more honest journal. Where Ayer's makes only vague statements about the ultra-left errors of his politics and
their very negative impact on the Vietnam anti-war movement in the United States, Rudd wields a far sharper blade, recognizing
and apologizing for his ultra-leftism, while conceding not an inch on the basic righteousness of anti-war, anti-imperialist, anti-racist political work.
This reader waits with anticipation for a follow-up book about Rudd's activism after the 1970's.
It is not a scholarly book; but, a life's story. I was happy that at the end he matured to understand that violent revolution will not succeed in a country like the US. However, he also did not repudiate his actions; but, neither has the US Government. To think that a violent revolution by a group of young, naïve students could take over the US is just that, naïve, even ludicrous. Youth is youth one could say.. But, the US Government at the time was also naïve and immature. Killing students for protesting ? A bit authoritarian at the time.
I have lived in Israel where one cannot avoid terrorism from either the PLO nor the Israeli government. I also lived in Germany during the end of the Baader Meinhof RAF era. Been to Ireland too. There are many parallels to the Underground and the RAF. One point that is disturbing is that many of these people never seem to fully understand the human condition. Communism can be seen as just as an enforced form of capitalism. It certainly does not solve the major issues of being human, food, shelter, protection. I am not a fan of capitalism and democracy; but it sure beats living under the Russian police. Few of the "freedom fighers" of the 60s ever come out and say, "boy, was I dumb" and the author doesn't either. Though, his last chapter shows some wisdom and maturity.
One point he does not make totally clear is how the SDS got it's finances.Read more ›
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Everyone recognizes America still has a white privilege problem to this day, but few in the younger generations understand just how hard those brave individuals who came before... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Abel Jones
The book is well written, easy to read, and very thorough, while Rudd's tone is earnest, slightly comical, and truthful. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Johnnette Johnson
Mark Rudd is one of the few honest voices to emerge from the Weathermen/Weatherpeople/Weather Underground. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Stephen Esposito
I knew of the SDS/Weather Underground and the anti-war activities they did, but this book REALLY brings it home in a very personal way. Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Michael O'Dell
Wonderful, honest, reflective perspective on a troubling time in our history. Rudd explains reasoning and admits his mistakes. Loved the bookPublished on September 2, 2013 by charles heitholt
I was too young in the late 60s to appreciate or understand what happened on college campuses in 1968 and 1969. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by SF
Historically valuable book about a revolutionary period in American life, which is rapidy receding in our collective memory. Of tremendous archival interest.Published on April 6, 2013 by elker
In his extremely well written book "Liberal Fascism", Jonah Goldberg compares Mark Rudd's philosophies & tactics to those of the Nazi brown-shirts. Read morePublished on June 1, 2012 by Publicus