- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: New Press, The (September 8, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595584390
- ASIN: B00740IILW
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,045,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America
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Short, explosive, unforgotten: the story of Ramparts magazine and its lingering influence long after it was gone.”
Peter Richardson . . . charts the publications’ high points with a gleam in his eye.”
—New York Times
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The rollicking story of Ramparts--the magazine that captured the zeitgeist of the '60s, repeatedly scooped the New York Times, brought the new left into American living rooms, and made an indelible imprint on American journalism
"Peter Richardson has done a brilliant job bringing to life the incredible story of Ramparts, a publication that changed journalism and the world it reported on. This book will become required reading for all those concerned about the current crisis in the world of news. A Bomb in Every Issue makes clear that Ramparts in its prime was a vortex of flamboyance and critical intelligence. Out of that maelstrom came reporting that truly changed America. What makes this book even better is that it has not ignored or downplayed the foibles of Ramparts' founders and chief architects. It is a cautionary tale told with economy that will be a touchstone for the new journalism, the new Ramparts of the twenty-first century."
--Lowell Bergman, professor of journalism, University of California, Berkeley, and a correspondent for PBS's Frontline
"It's a great delight to see this key chapter in the history of American journalism at last get the readable, judicious history it deserves. Ramparts touched the lives of far more people than its readers by paving the way for the rich universe of alternative media now open to us. Peter Richardson has told an important story, and told it well."
--Adam Hochschild, author of Half the Way Home and Bury the Chains
America's muckraking tradition stretches back to the 1690s--but no publication better represented it than Ramparts. In the 1960s, it helped set a generation on fire, tore away a veil of hypocrisy in public life, and set new standards in editorial and design quality. Richardson's tale brings the dead to life, and gives us a new understanding of how journalism changes the way we are and will be."
--Richard Parker, senior fellow, Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, Harvard University
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If it feels like modern America is re-living its recent past, you'll want to read A Bomb in Every Issue. For instance, in 1975, Frank Church commented on the NSA and tyranny, but before his investigation, the CIA was already investigating Americans on U.S. soil for connections to Russian influence and funding. Meanwhile, so many cultural influencers were knowingly or unknowingly on the CIA's payroll, it'll shock you--William F. Buckley, Gloria Steinem, the AFL-CIO, etc. (It appears the intelligence community lacked checks and balances and decided to extend its influence every which way, making sure it had hands in every pot.) You'll also learn police-community relations were worse in the 1960s, with black revolutionary leaders openly advocating murder: "Boom boom, shoot him [a cop] down with a 12-gauge shotgun."
Before you read Richardson's book, read Warren Hinckle's If You Have a Lemon, Make Lemonade. Hinckle is incomparable and anyone trying to tell his story without a close relationship with him will capture the gist but not the heart of the magazine. (May 2018)
The main complaints I have of this book is the fact that we're given few photos regarding the art in the magazine. Apparently, the artistic layout of the magazine was so stunning other magazines were envious (Esquire was envious enough to try to hire the art director). I would have liked to see a lot of this artwork but the book features too little. Another complaint: there aren't any quotes from the magazine. From what I have read about Ramparts, the writing style was something people truly liked about the magazine. In that case, why aren't there any excerpts of the writing style? That would have truly helped this book.