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Publisher Comments:

In the spirit of '60s activism, one of our era's most influential advocates of social and political change teaches protesters and dissenters how it was done, and how to keep doing it today.

"Be original. See what happens." So Todd Gitlin advises the young mind burning to take action to right the wrongs of the world but also looking for bearings, understanding, direction, and practical examples.

In Letters to a Young Activist, Todd Gitlin looks back at his eventful life, recalling his experience as president of the formidable Students for a Democratic Society in the '60s, contemplating the spirit of activism, and arriving at some principles of action to guide the passion and energy of those wishing to do good. He considers the three complementary motives of duty, love, and adventure, and reflects on the changing nature of idealism and how righteous action requires realistic as well as idealistic thinking. And he looks forward to an uncertain future that is nevertheless full of possibility, a future where patriotism and intelligent skepticism are not mutually exclusive.

Gitlin invites the young activist to enter imaginatively into some of the dilemmas, moral and practical, of being a modern citizen — the dilemmas that affect not only the problems of what to think but also the problems of what to love and how to live.

Review:

"Gitlin, who writes earnestly and has a knack for aphoristic observations, has some unusual points....On more than one occasion, however, Gitlin's prose is abstract and convoluted, verging on the overwrought....By and large, though, this is a generous and well-meaning book, which may interest aging activists and, perhaps, the young audience at which it is aimed." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"None of this is prescriptive, but inspiring and darkly ironic. Be reasonable, Gitlin urges: ask the impossible. Good, provocative stuff: thinking, decent, inclusive." Kirkus Reviews

Book News Annotation:

A former president of Students for a Democratic Society, now professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University, Gitlin looks back on his life, draws lessons for the present, and offers advice to those who look to effect political and social change. In the process he weighs in on ethics, the sixties, the power of nonviolence, compromise, discipline, identity politics, anti-Semitism, anti- Americanism, patriotism, and the process of change. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Todd Gitlin looks back at his eventful life, recalling his experience as president of the formidable Students for a Democratic Society in the 1960s, contemplating the spirit of activism, and arriving at some principles of action to guide the passion and energy of those wishing to do good.

Synopsis:

In the spirit of '60s activism, one of our era's most influential advocates of social and political change teaches protesters and dissenters how it was done, and how to keep doing it today

Synopsis:

Gitlin looks back at his eventful life, recalling his experience as president of the formidable Students for a Democratic Society in the '60s, contemplating the spirit of activism, and arriving at some principles of action to guide the passion and energy of those wishing to do good.

About the Author

Todd Gitlin is Professor of Culture, Journalism, and Sociology at New York University and University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465027385
Author:
Gitlin, Todd
Publisher:
Basic Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Practical Politics
Subject:
Political participation
Subject:
Social movements
Subject:
Political activists
Subject:
Political Process - General
Subject:
POL030000
Subject:
Politics-Political Science
Subject:
Civics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Series:
Art of Mentoring
Series Volume:
no. 116
Publication Date:
April 15, 2003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 13
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 6 oz
Age Level:
from 18 up to 110

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"Review" by , "Gitlin, who writes earnestly and has a knack for aphoristic observations, has some unusual points....On more than one occasion, however, Gitlin's prose is abstract and convoluted, verging on the overwrought....By and large, though, this is a generous and well-meaning book, which may interest aging activists and, perhaps, the young audience at which it is aimed."
"Review" by , "None of this is prescriptive, but inspiring and darkly ironic. Be reasonable, Gitlin urges: ask the impossible. Good, provocative stuff: thinking, decent, inclusive."
"Synopsis" by , Todd Gitlin looks back at his eventful life, recalling his experience as president of the formidable Students for a Democratic Society in the 1960s, contemplating the spirit of activism, and arriving at some principles of action to guide the passion and energy of those wishing to do good.
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In the spirit of '60s activism, one of our era's most influential advocates of social and political change teaches protesters and dissenters how it was done, and how to keep doing it today
"Synopsis" by , Gitlin looks back at his eventful life, recalling his experience as president of the formidable Students for a Democratic Society in the '60s, contemplating the spirit of activism, and arriving at some principles of action to guide the passion and energy of those wishing to do good.
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