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American Splendor's Pekar has been incredibly prolific in the last few years, and more recently he has taken on nonautobiographical projects to varying degrees of success. This newest effort works on a variety of levels. For one, Pekar is not the sole author. He constructs a narrative of the history of the Students for a Democratic Society, but frequently steps aside to allow actual participants in that history to tell their own stories, using his casual first-person model of storytelling. The narrative moves through the decade of SDS history and then moves into the participant accounts, offering both a macro and a micro vision of the times. The artwork is mostly by frequent Pekar collaborator Gary Dumm, whose crisp, neutral realism may not be thrilling but does move the story along and does a fine job of conveying the various settings. As a whole, the book acts like a sophisticated handbook on an often misunderstood organization. It's good comics and excellent history. (Jan.)
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“Powerfully dramatizes the broad panorama of mayhem and confrontation in the '60s.” ―The Buffalo News

“Engrossing and unexpectedly effective.” ―The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“Could easily inspire the next generation of activists.” ―Penthouse

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang; First Edition edition (April 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809089394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809089390
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,337,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Preston C. Enright on May 26, 2008
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This graphic history of "Students for a Democratic Society" brings to life an important effort at participatory democracy and protest that had 80,000 to 100,000 activists at its peak in the late sixties. SDS disintegrated for a combination of reasons, some interpersonal, some external disruptions from the FBI The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI's Secret Wars Against Dissent in the United States (South End Press Classics Series), and also the splintering off of more militant groups like The Weather Underground. Nevertheless, SDS was a learning experience for many and contributed to the growing women's movement, the gay rights movement, the environmental movement and so forth. Many SDS members created new approaches to social change, such as Tom Hayden becoming involved in politics and writing books such as Ending the War in Iraq, Michael Albert who helped to found Z Magazine and has written and lectured widely on alternative economics Realizing Hope: Life beyond Capitalism, and Thom Hartmann who has become a nationally syndicated radio host and author on such topics as Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights.Read more ›
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Written by guys that I'm sure would consider themselves "hard-left," this is a surprising candid expose' of the student-radical-left of the late 60s showing the shallowness, meanness, and misguided zeal (lacking any actual substance or real historical education). Interesting appearance by Bill Ayers and his co-terrorist wife(?).

Get it. I bought a 2nd copy to share with some of my Liberal friends!
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Student radicalism is always misinterpreted by disillusioned individuals who loves democracy and yet hates free speech and the right to mobilize. this book is perfectly crafted to showcase the achievements of the student movements in the sixties. well written book!
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I was disappointed with this book. As a history of SDS it is episodic and disjoint. There is no attempt to give the viewpoints continuity. Some of the voices were cynical some were just egocentric, none were very informative. Did HSP really disolve into drug abusing powerlessness? What did it matter anyway?
As a separate issue the drawings are boring. The protestors break thru security lines to the lawn of the Pentagon. Without the text, it looks like a dull dull dull picnic.With the text it looks like there wasn't much of a protest going on. That is typical of the illustrations. The text says that women and men were taking equal part in the housekeeping at one 'project house'. Graphic shows women cooking, men talking. Kent State is condensed into two pages at the end. Throughout the book words in the text are in bold face type; the words in boldface seem to be chosen randomly.

Graphic Format can be used to bring an added dimension to an historical account. This book is an example trying to exploit the current interest in graphic format with a second rate text and ill planned pictures.
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What ever happened to this style of activism? Where is it when it is needed most? The 60's mantra of 'One generation got old, one generation got soul' can't possibly be limited to just that generation can it? This should be must reading on H.S. reading lists when it comes to 60-70's history. Not only does it tell a story that will never find its way into regulated reading lists, it also does it in a way that would be engaging to students (not that that is ever a consideration of course). I participated in those times, so of course I loved the book. Let others learn from our mistakes and hopefully catch our unbridled enthusiasm while reading about those bygone days.
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Yeah, there were lots of aspects of the S.D.S., and student protest organisations like of like orientation, that earnestly ideology-driven scholars examining the 1960s and 1970s ignore when they concentrate too unduly and solely on ideological aspects (those of the groups and of the authors themselves writing about them).

As an undergraduate student at U.. Mass. Boston, I joined one of the Marxist-Leninist groups, Students Against War and Fascism, that differed in some obscure way from the S.D.S. itself; there were lots of splinter groups, which differed in their "take" on Marx, Engels, and Lenin, or which were latter-day votaries of Trotsky, Che Guevarra, and/or Mao, and they were every bit as "devoted to the cause" as the S.D.S. itself, and manifested many of the same traits. I never could understand why the groups made such a fuss about their divergent interpretations of the great Marxist-Leninist founders' writings, but these rival viewpoints meant a great deal to the leading student figures of the various groups. It seemed to me then, and, in hindsight, even more now, that an united Marxist front would have accomplished more than the various splinter groups did achieve.

I was then and largely remain rather liberal in my socio-political convictions (although later, and I hope wiser, in life I reverted to Catholic Christian belief), but at the time I never completely grasped what these organisations really were about, or perhaps rather I did not feel the need to assert their Marxist dogmas in full or according to the same interpretations.
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