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Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity

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“Dan Berger represents an emerging generation of radical activist scholars. A meticulously researched and well-referenced study of the Weather Underground. . . . A gripping story, drawing important lessons for the younger generation of activists.”—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960–1975

Outlaws of America brings to life the motivations and actions of America’s most famous renegades, who bombed their way into history. Through detailed and original research, Dan Berger offers a nuanced and compelling portrait of the group that risked everything in opposition to war and racism.

This explosive, engaging, and timely book uncovers the untold story of the Weather Underground, from its incendiary beginning to its tumultuous ending—never sparing a critical analysis of the group. Especially noteworthy is Berger’s groundbreaking discussion of the infamous 1981 Brinks case, where former Weather Underground members allied with the Black Liberation Army in a failed robbery that resulted in the deaths of three men and the longtime incarceration of several activists.

Outlaws of America is culled from dozens of in-depth interviews with former Weather Underground members, as well as with civil rights activists, Black Panthers, Young Lords, and others—many of whom speak about their experiences publicly here for the first time. The book also features an extensive appendix including Weather Underground communiqués, a chronology of actions, a collection of rare photographs, and current biographical sketches of many ex-Weather Underground members.

Outlaws of America is published at a time of surging interest in the history of the group, immediately following the release of the Oscar-nominated documentary entitled The Weather Underground, of which Outlaws is the essential companion volume.

Dan Berger is a writer, activist, and PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. A longtime anti-racism organizer, he is the co-editor of Letters From Young Activists (Nation Books, 2005).

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The Weather Underground emerged from splits within the Students for a Democratic Society and for a period of time in the 1970s carried out a string of bombings that placed it in the front ranks of the American underground revolutionary organizations that developed out of the tumult of the 1960s. In this sympathetic, but not uncritical, history of the organization, Berger (a doctoral candidate at the U. of Pennsylvania) goes beyond the shallow psychological explanations of the group's activities that have characterized many earlier discussions by taking the evolution of the group's anti-imperial and racial solidarity politics seriously and judging their actions not from the perspective of the government, which understandably feared and hated it, but from the perspective of other organizations of the New Left and according to the criteria of the goals the organization set for itself. The result is a welcome addition to the scholarship of American leftism that shows the Weather Underground as serious and committed political activists grappling with the question of how privileged whites can most effectively fight imperialism and racism in solidarity with anti-colonial forces while avoiding vanguardism. However, the work is far from a hagiography and provides serious treatment of the group's problems with patriarchy and democratic failures, among other problems.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

The Weather Underground emerged from splits within the Students for a Democratic Society and for a period of time in the 1970s carried out a string of bombings that placed it in the front ranks of the American underground revolutionary organizations that developed out of the tumult of the 1960s. In this sympathetic, but not uncritical, history of the organization, Berger (a doctoral candidate at the U. of Pennsylvania) goes beyond the shallow psychological explanations of the group's activities that have characterized many earlier discussions by taking the evolution of the group's anti-imperial and racial solidarity politics seriously and judging their actions not from the perspective of the government, which understandably feared and hated it, but from the perspective of other organizations of the New Left and according to the criteria of the goals the organization set for itself. The result is a welcome addition to the scholarship of American leftism that shows the Weather Underground as serious and committed political activists grappling with the question of how privileged whites can most effectively fight imperialism and racism in solidarity with anti-colonial forces while avoiding vanguardism. However, the work is far from a hagiography and provides serious treatment of the group's problems with patriarchy and democratic failures, among other problems. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The fiery true story of America's most famous radical fugitives, urgently and passionately told.

Synopsis:

Cultural Writing. OUTLAWS OF AMERICA brings to life the motivations and actions of America's most famous renegades, who bombed their way into history. Through detailed and original research, Dan Berger offers a nuanced and compelling portrait of the group that risked everythign in opposition to war and racism. This explosive, engaging, and timely book uncovers the untold story of the Weather Underground, from its incendiary beginning to its tumultuous ending--never sparing a critical analysis of the group. OUTLAWS OF AMERICA is culled from dozens of in-depth interviews with former Weather Underground members, as well as with civil rights activists, Black Panthers, Young Lords, and others--many of whom speak publicly here for the first time.

About the Author

Dan Berger is a writer, activist, and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. A long-time activist, he is the co-editor of "Letters From Young Activists" (forthcoming: Nation Books, 2005). His writing has appeared in academic journals, activist publications, and Web sites across the country. He lives in Philadelphia.

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BE, September 3, 2011 (view all comments by BE)
Hands down the best book on the Weather Underground Organization! Berger went to great lengths to provide a nuanced analysis of an organization that tends to be portrayed in a two dimensional manner--whether positively or negatively. Furthermore, most reports of the Weather Underground tend to focus on Bill Ayers or Bernardine Dohrn. I really enjoyed reading about some activists I'd never heard of, and gaining a better understanding of what was actually a pretty large organization. He also does a great job of contextualizing the WUO in the larger historical context, which makes this book very interesting for anyone interested in '60s and'70s radical politics.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781904859413
Author:
Berger, Dan
Publisher:
AK Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 BandW illustrations and photographs
Pages:
450
Dimensions:
8.00 x 6.00 in

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The fiery true story of America's most famous radical fugitives, urgently and passionately told.
"Synopsis" by , Cultural Writing. OUTLAWS OF AMERICA brings to life the motivations and actions of America's most famous renegades, who bombed their way into history. Through detailed and original research, Dan Berger offers a nuanced and compelling portrait of the group that risked everythign in opposition to war and racism. This explosive, engaging, and timely book uncovers the untold story of the Weather Underground, from its incendiary beginning to its tumultuous ending--never sparing a critical analysis of the group. OUTLAWS OF AMERICA is culled from dozens of in-depth interviews with former Weather Underground members, as well as with civil rights activists, Black Panthers, Young Lords, and others--many of whom speak publicly here for the first time.
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