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With the war in Iraq provoking memories of Vietnam, Rudd gave up a 25-year silence on his role in the radical student movement of the 1960s when he lead the Weathermen. The group grew out of the Student for Democratic Society behind massive anti-war and social-justice protests at Columbia University. Rudd recalls his personal journey from idealistic freshman to student radical and the escalating violence that led to the riot during the 1969 Democratic party convention in Chicago and the bombing of a townhouse in Greenwich Village. Rudd spent seven years, from 1970 until 1977, living underground as a federal fugitive before turning himself in. Rudd writes from the perspective of a middle-aged teacher living in New Mexico, still concerned about social justice and heartened by the new administration and growing involvement of young people in politics and civic engagement. He admits shame and guilt about some of the excesses and violence of the radical 1960s, but maintains an enduring pride in the passion and idealism of the time. An engrossing look back at a turbulent time by an iconic figure. --Vanessa Bush --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“An important contribution to a growing collection of narratives from former participants in the revolutionary 1960s’ underground....deeply disturbing, though illuminating, in its unemotional matter-of-factness.” (truthdig )See all Editorial Reviews
The book is well written, easy to read, and very thorough, while Rudd's tone is earnest, slightly comical, and truthful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Johnnette Johnson
Mark Rudd is one of the few honest voices to emerge from the Weathermen/Weatherpeople/Weather Underground. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stephen Esposito
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
Rudd is an excellent writer and this tightly edited autobiography never lags. An odd mixture of pride and self-righteousness regarding his early activism, and shame and regret over... Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by César Chávez
Hoping for over 30 years that this guy would come clean and let us in on the thoughts and motivations behind his radical actions at Columbia U. Read morePublished on October 6, 2010 by Anita Heim