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Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist Paperback – Bargain Price, November 5, 2008
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However, in the interests of openness, I'm on the left politically. I was a grad student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor at the time, so I had a local view of the Weather Underground, and I must say I found them to be crazy dangerous. Furthermore, they were worse than useless. They accomplished nothing but the destruction and the discredit of the anti-war left. What ended the Viet Nam War was not the Weathermen's bombs, but a steady, relentless weariness, an increasing American body count, a relentless procession of peaceful protest, and plain old persuasion, not to mention the cynical (if not treasonous) manipulations of Nixon and Kissinger.
All that said, how good is the book? I found it tedious, mainly because Ayers came across to me as an egotist in the guise of a Principled Man. If he had patted himself on the back any harder, his arms would have grown longer. If he had made any more excuses for himself, he could have joined the recent Bush administration.
Ayers probably considers himself a good writer. I found the prose a knockoff of Hunter S. Thompson, a real writer. Ayers makes the common mistake of thinking he can put on a style like he puts on a suit. Genuine style reflects a genuine, personal point of view. Ayers isn't as anarchic as Thompson. His vision is far more orderly. He doesn't like chaos. Gonzo doesn't really fit him. Furthermore, some of the sentences are just bad, with phrase after phrase hanging off the end (like this sentence, for example).
Then there are the harangues against society. Oh, if only people could see our ills as clearly as Ayers does! Actually, people do, and they lose his self-congratulation about it.
Again, I probably agree with many of Ayers's views. However, I don't find this a particularly insightful book.
I definitely would not recommend this book as a resource for a true insight into 1960s activism. Instead it should be viewed as a novel that will impart upon you the mood of some of the most radical participants of the anti-war movement. I would however, recommend the book to anyone who is just looking for a good story or an interesting read.
It was a valuable book; I've read the Pentagon papers, Daniel Ellsberg, Malcolm X, am Saul Alinsky, so I don't consider myself politically naïve, yet the logic is mind boggling. I also am constantly amazed by the complete lack of sensitivity to other social and political issues that plague society besides peace and civil rights.
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I read this book (hand down from a Vietnam vet family member) and found it to be inaccurate and totally self absorbed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lenox Lalique
Hey, Bill! We know you're reading this!
It must be just irresistible, one would presume, for a disturbed pathological narcissist like yourself. Read more
Bill Ayers is a self absorbed piece of dog ****!
He's a terrorist, and is one of the main causes for the corruption of the Chicago school system. Read more
Excellent memoir of a turbulent time from one of WUO's leaders. Moves fast, many good details and brings era to life.Published on June 4, 2014 by John Neal Spangler
An ego trip with amazingly little that would really tell you about the Weatherman. It's all about numero uno and who he boinked.Published on February 28, 2014 by Sylvia De Rooy
Bill Ayers shares an incredible journey in his book, Fugitive Days. He takes threads from his childhood, college days, his personal values, and weaves a picture of a young... Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by aprildoggie
Uses Communism as camouflage when the motives and victims were dictated by his crime boss father. Connect the Dots! Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by c000n
Anyone who has any affiliation with Bill Ayers should have to explain it. A domestic terrorist that has been coddled by the upper class that he supposedly stood against. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Chad Montabon
Too bad he didn't stay a fugitive. We'd all be better off. Why isn't this man in prison? His book stinks.Published on June 9, 2013 by coolmom9