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Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman Hardcover – September 4, 2007
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Ms. Wilkerson comes across as a person with strong beliefs and a true committment to back them up with action. Yet, she also comes across as self-absorbed and naive. She didn't seem concerned that her father's town house had been destroyed and that other innocent people could have been killed. She acknowledged that her cohorts had shown terrible judgement in messing with explosives but didn't seem to realize the town house explosian damaged the anti-war movement and helped move this country to the right.
The book was still a great read and did a nice job of describing the political climate of the late sixties. It showed, through her own strainted family relations, the dynamics of what was then labeled as the "generation gap." Yet, at times I thought the book wasn't reflective enough even though it looked back events almost 40 years old.
I witnessed this frustrating transition close-up, and while it was obvious many of the crazies were young and ignorant, it was also clear there was a hardcore group of intellectual radicals who knew exactly what they were doing pulling their strings, intentionally creating chaos and inciting violence. I often wondered who these people were, what in the world they were thinking and trying to accomplish. Cathy Wilkerson, who was a string puller, provides some insight into these questions.
Written in a flat tone, devoid of the passion of the times she is describing, her book is still interesting in a boring way. She methodically chronicles her transition from pampered upper middleclass schoolgirl to underground fugitive, providing her motivations, perceptions and misconceptions every step of the way. Unfortunately, she is much less forthcoming about her more interesting Weatherman associates. This book is NOT a kiss and tell, or even a deep dive into the personalities of the leadership of the organization.Read more ›
One of the things that sets Ms. Wilkerson's book apart from the rest of the radical memoirs is the fact that, unlike many other sixties icons who got book deals, Wilkerson waited until she grew up and became a parent up to write about her post-adolescence. Thus giving her a grander perspective on her politics and the actions of her cohorts and the movement in general.
I would have liked a bit more about her later life and how she had to rationalize to her child about her radical choices. The end felt rushed, for that I deduct a star, but I'm nit-picking. This is a book of historical significance, well written and one that should be read by all who study the Sixties and the New Left.
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How is this #@@&% still alive? WHY wasn't she executed? This "person" lived to make a profit on her books etc. Read morePublished 4 months ago by BonMot
This is the real deal for those who may be curious about all that.Published 13 months ago by lit crit
Cathy Wilkerson writes with a shaky voice and is occasionally inaccurate as to specific historical facts (e.g. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Robert Hernandez
I am in a relatively unique position to make an attempt at commenting on the thoughtful and earnest writings of a person I had occasion to interact briefly with a few times in... Read morePublished 23 months ago by rita ferrante
After finishing this book, Kathy Wilkerson comes off as a emotionless plebe, who rationalized every bad decision she made with some deep rooted revolutionary mantra of the 60's... Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by Peace Out
The thing that I find most intriguing about this book is that the author, a "revolutionary," and her lefty publisher STOLE the copyrighted cover photograph - from me. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by B. D. Colen
Fine autobiography of some of the most critical times in US history by an intelligent and passionate woman.Brings out the currents and issues of the 60s and early 70s.Published on December 14, 2012 by John Neal Spangler
this review by david eberhardt who poured blood on draft files w Father Phil Berrigan and spent 2 yrs in prison for that:
The older I get (this on 5/6/11)- the more... Read more