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Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist

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Publisher Comments:

A gripping memoir of America in the '60s, of idealists turned radicals, and of a life lived on the run.

In February 2008, in the heat of the Democratic primary elections, speculations began circulating in the media about a connection between presidential hopeful Barack Obama and Bill Ayers, a former member of the radical 1960s group the Weather Underground. In Fugitive Days, Ayers tells the real story of the defining events of the radical '60s. The book is an eyewitness account of a young pacifist who helped found one of the most radical political organizations in U.S. history, and who consequently lived for ten years as a fugitive. In a new era of antiwar activism and suppression of protest, Fugitive Days is more poignant and relevant than ever.

Review:

"Terrific....This memoir rings of hard-learned truth and integrity and is an important contribution to literature on 1960s culture and American radicalism." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"For anyone who wants to think hard about the social conflagration the Vietnam War produced in the U.S., and more generally about a citizen's obligations in troubled times, Ayers's powerful, morally charged account of a life and a society in the political balance is provocative reading." David Farber, Chicago Tribune

Review:

"A memoir that is, in effect, a deeply moving elegy to all those young dreamers who tried to live decently in an indecent world. Ayers provides a tribute to those better angels of ourselves." Studs Terkel, author of Working and The Good War

Review:

"A challenging, moving, and troubling account...Ayers writes well, lyrically, passionately." Andrea Behr, San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"A wild and painful ride in the savage years of the late sixties. A very good book about a terrifying time in America." Hunter S. Thompson, author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Hell's Angels

Review:

"[Ayers's] memoir is a breath of fresh air in this self-absorbed age. Ayers discusses his reservations about the use of violence to achieve an end to violence...but he is unrepentant in believing that...right-minded people have an obligation to resist unjust wars." Library Journal

Review:

"[A] gripping and provocative story....What is most remarkable about this dramatic and revelatory personal and social history are the always urgent questions it raises about compassion and freedom, responsibility and community, and the conundrum of how to bring about much-needed change." Booklist

Review:

"A gripping account....Ayers describes well the deep emotions that inflamed the '60s." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"What makes Fugitive Days unique is its unsparing detail and its marvelous human coherence and integrity. Bill Ayers's America and his family background, his education, his political awakening, his anger and involvement, his anguished re-emergence from the shadows: all these are rendered in their truth without a trace of nostalgia or 'second thinking.' For anyone who cares about the sorry mess we are in, this book is essential, indeed necessary, reading." Edward W. Said, author of Reflections on Exile and Out of Place

Synopsis:

The highly respected educator and community activist tells of his days in the late 1960s when he founded the militant activist group the Weather Underground, and his involvement in the defining moments of his generation.

Synopsis:

Bill Ayers was born into privilege and is today a highly respected educator. In the late 1960s he was a young pacifist who helped to found one of the most radical political organizations in U.S. history, the Weather Underground. In a new era of antiwar activism and suppression of protest, his story, Fugitive Days, is more poignant and relevant than ever.

Synopsis:

A gripping memoir of America in the 60s, of idealists turned radicals, and of a life lived on the run

In February 2008, in the heat of the Democratic primary elections, speculations began circulating in the media about a connection between presidential hopeful Barack Obama and Bill Ayers, a former member of the radical 1960s group the Weather Underground. In Fugitive Days, Ayers tells the real story of the defining events of the radical 60s. The book is an eyewitness account of a young pacifist who helped found one of the most radical political organizations in U.S. history, and who consequently lived for ten years as a fugitive. In a new era of antiwar activism and suppression of protest, Fugitive Days is more poignant and relevant than ever.

“For anyone who wants to think hard about the social conflagration the Vietnam War produced in the U.S., and more generally about a citizens obligations in troubled times, Ayerss powerful, morally charged account of a life and a society in the political balance is provocative reading.” —David Farber, Chicago Tribune

“A memoir that is, in effect, a deeply moving elegy to all those young dreamers who tried to live decently in an indecent world. Ayers provides a tribute to those better angels of ourselves.” —Studs Terkel, author of Working and The Good War

About the Author

William Ayers is a long-time teacher and activist, award-winning education writer and reformer, and professor at the University of Illinois.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807032770
Author:
Ayers, Bill
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Author:
Ayers, William
Author:
Ayers, William C.
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.40x5.40x1.00 in. .95 lbs.

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History and Social Science » American Studies » 50s, 60s, and 70s
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Product details 336 pages Beacon Press - English 9780807032770 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Terrific....This memoir rings of hard-learned truth and integrity and is an important contribution to literature on 1960s culture and American radicalism." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "For anyone who wants to think hard about the social conflagration the Vietnam War produced in the U.S., and more generally about a citizen's obligations in troubled times, Ayers's powerful, morally charged account of a life and a society in the political balance is provocative reading."
"Review" by , "A memoir that is, in effect, a deeply moving elegy to all those young dreamers who tried to live decently in an indecent world. Ayers provides a tribute to those better angels of ourselves."
"Review" by , "A challenging, moving, and troubling account...Ayers writes well, lyrically, passionately."
"Review" by , "A wild and painful ride in the savage years of the late sixties. A very good book about a terrifying time in America."
"Review" by , "[Ayers's] memoir is a breath of fresh air in this self-absorbed age. Ayers discusses his reservations about the use of violence to achieve an end to violence...but he is unrepentant in believing that...right-minded people have an obligation to resist unjust wars."
"Review" by , "[A] gripping and provocative story....What is most remarkable about this dramatic and revelatory personal and social history are the always urgent questions it raises about compassion and freedom, responsibility and community, and the conundrum of how to bring about much-needed change."
"Review" by , "A gripping account....Ayers describes well the deep emotions that inflamed the '60s."
"Review" by , "What makes Fugitive Days unique is its unsparing detail and its marvelous human coherence and integrity. Bill Ayers's America and his family background, his education, his political awakening, his anger and involvement, his anguished re-emergence from the shadows: all these are rendered in their truth without a trace of nostalgia or 'second thinking.' For anyone who cares about the sorry mess we are in, this book is essential, indeed necessary, reading."
"Synopsis" by , The highly respected educator and community activist tells of his days in the late 1960s when he founded the militant activist group the Weather Underground, and his involvement in the defining moments of his generation.
"Synopsis" by , Bill Ayers was born into privilege and is today a highly respected educator. In the late 1960s he was a young pacifist who helped to found one of the most radical political organizations in U.S. history, the Weather Underground. In a new era of antiwar activism and suppression of protest, his story, Fugitive Days, is more poignant and relevant than ever.
"Synopsis" by ,
A gripping memoir of America in the 60s, of idealists turned radicals, and of a life lived on the run

In February 2008, in the heat of the Democratic primary elections, speculations began circulating in the media about a connection between presidential hopeful Barack Obama and Bill Ayers, a former member of the radical 1960s group the Weather Underground. In Fugitive Days, Ayers tells the real story of the defining events of the radical 60s. The book is an eyewitness account of a young pacifist who helped found one of the most radical political organizations in U.S. history, and who consequently lived for ten years as a fugitive. In a new era of antiwar activism and suppression of protest, Fugitive Days is more poignant and relevant than ever.

“For anyone who wants to think hard about the social conflagration the Vietnam War produced in the U.S., and more generally about a citizens obligations in troubled times, Ayerss powerful, morally charged account of a life and a society in the political balance is provocative reading.” —David Farber, Chicago Tribune

“A memoir that is, in effect, a deeply moving elegy to all those young dreamers who tried to live decently in an indecent world. Ayers provides a tribute to those better angels of ourselves.” —Studs Terkel, author of Working and The Good War

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