From Publishers Weekly
For five years the aboveground face of the underground environmental group Earth Liberation Front (ELF), Rosebraugh is a man of unrepentant revolutionary convictions. From 1997 until 2001, the Portland, Ore., activist funneled "communiques" from the anonymous and loosely organized "elves" of ELF to local and national media. This role as spokespersonpublicizing ELFs acts of vandalism, arson and bombing directed against logging companies, "fur farms," businesses that develop suburban housing, a Vail ski resort and even SUV dealershipsquickly brought him to the attention of the FBI. Over the years, his several offices and homes were repeatedly raided, he was subpoenaed seven times to appear before Portland grand juries investigating ELF actions, and in 2002by which time the FBI had dubbed the shadowy Earth Liberation Front Americas largest and most active terrorist organizationhe was called before a congressional committee investigating ecoterrorism. This candid memoir of a young revolutionary (he was 30 when he wrote the book) is often good-natured and even genial, particularly in its account of those police raids and grand jury appearances. But its also controversial, as Rosebraugh, though thoughtful and articulate, stands firm in his belief that violence is a legitimate tool in the fight for radical change in America.
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About the Author
was a spokesman for the Earth Liberation Front from its inception in 1997 to September 2001. In February 2002, he was called to testify before Congress, where he invoked the Fifth Amendment more than 50 times. Rosebaugh has appeared in numerous publications, such as the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, National Geographic,
and others, and has written for Earth First!, No Compromise,
and other radical journals. He lives in Portland, Oregon.