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For the Hell of It : Life and Times of Abbie Hoffman (96 Edition)

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As cultural revolutionary, media celebrity, Yippie, lost soul, and tragic suicide, Abbie Hoffman embodied the contradictions of his era. In this riveting new biography, Jonah Raskin draws on his own twenty-year relationship with Hoffman; hundreds of interviews with friends, family members, and former comrades; and careful scrutiny of FBI files, court records, and public documents. For the Hell of It is a must-read not only for those interested in this ultimate iconoclast, but also for all who seek a fuller understanding of Abbie Hoffman's America.

"As much a corrective to a New Left history of the time as a biography of Abbie Hoffman, the wildest of the wildmen.... Raskin's book is arranged like a series of filmed calendar pages; behind the pages stand descriptions as vivid as movies of the formative influences moving with lightning speed across those few amazing years while Abbie, and the rhetoric inside him, grew apace". — Vivian Gornick, The Nation

"Hoffman remains one of the most vivid figures in an era that specialized in them.... It would be very hard to read his life's story and not be affected by it". — Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

"(A) thicket of information about Hoffman's life and milieu.... Raskin provides not just a finely detailed story about an engaging, if flawed character but the valuable materials for larger lessons". — Jonathan Rieder, New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

"Raskin's biography of Abbie Hoffman pleases precisely because it does not evade the ambiguities of that wild time. For a cynical age, Raskin evokes some of its innocent pleasures: great rock-and-roll, movements against injustices, exuberant sex."—Jonathan Rieder, New York Times Book Review

"As much a corrective to a New Left history of the time as a biography of Abbie Hoffman, the wildest of the wildmen...Raskin's book is arranged like a series of filmed calender pages; behind the pages stand descriptions as vivid as movies of the formative influences moving with lightning speed across those few amazing years while Abbie, and the rhetoric inside him, grew apace."—Vivian Gornick, The Nation

"Hoffman remains one of the most vivid figures in an era that specialized in them...It would be very hard to read his life's story and not be affected by it."—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

"The book takes [Hoffman], his w ritings, and his politics seriously...Well-researched, well-reported, well-illustrated, and scrupulously documented."—Bruce McCabe, Boston Globe

"Not only a biography of an individual...but a fully rounded portrait of that era...Hoffman remains an utterly fascinating American icon, one of the most important performance-art patriots of our time."—Bernard Weiner, San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

As cultural revolutionary, media celebrity, Yippie, lost soul, and tragic suicide, Abbie Hoffman embodied the contradictions of his era. In this riveting new biography, Jonah Raskin draws on his own twenty-year relationship with Hoffman; hundreds of interviews with friends, family members, and former comrades; and careful scrutiny of FBI files, court records, and public documents. For the Hell of It is a must-read not only for those interested in this ultimate iconoclast, but also for all who seek a fuller understanding of Abbie Hoffman's America.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-296) and index.

About the Author

Jonah Raskin is Professor and Chair of Communication Studies at Sonoma State University and author of My Search for B. Traven (1980), among other books.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Persons Interviewed

Foreword by Eric Foner

Preface: "I'm Abbie Hoffman"

1. Bad Behavior

2. A Thousand Faces

3. Civil Rights and Wrongs

4. White Mischief, Black Power

5. Death of a Salesman, Birth of a Hippie

6. The Mythic Revolutionary

7. The Apotheosis of Abbie Hoffman

8. Busy Being Born, Busy Dying

9. Fire in a Crowded Courtroom

10. American Armageddon

11. The Longest Good-bye: 1974-1989

Epilogue: A Cautionary Note

Bibliolographic Essay and Acknowledgements

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520213791
Author:
Raskin, Jonah
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Foner, Eric
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
History & Theory - Radical Thought
Subject:
Radicals
Subject:
Radicalism
Subject:
Hoffman, abbie, 1936-1989
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
United States - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
121
Publication Date:
19980531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
315
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 18 oz

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"Synopsis" by ,
"Raskin's biography of Abbie Hoffman pleases precisely because it does not evade the ambiguities of that wild time. For a cynical age, Raskin evokes some of its innocent pleasures: great rock-and-roll, movements against injustices, exuberant sex."—Jonathan Rieder, New York Times Book Review

"As much a corrective to a New Left history of the time as a biography of Abbie Hoffman, the wildest of the wildmen...Raskin's book is arranged like a series of filmed calender pages; behind the pages stand descriptions as vivid as movies of the formative influences moving with lightning speed across those few amazing years while Abbie, and the rhetoric inside him, grew apace."—Vivian Gornick, The Nation

"Hoffman remains one of the most vivid figures in an era that specialized in them...It would be very hard to read his life's story and not be affected by it."—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

"The book takes [Hoffman], his w ritings, and his politics seriously...Well-researched, well-reported, well-illustrated, and scrupulously documented."—Bruce McCabe, Boston Globe

"Not only a biography of an individual...but a fully rounded portrait of that era...Hoffman remains an utterly fascinating American icon, one of the most important performance-art patriots of our time."—Bernard Weiner, San Francisco Chronicle

"Synopsis" by ,
As cultural revolutionary, media celebrity, Yippie, lost soul, and tragic suicide, Abbie Hoffman embodied the contradictions of his era. In this riveting new biography, Jonah Raskin draws on his own twenty-year relationship with Hoffman; hundreds of interviews with friends, family members, and former comrades; and careful scrutiny of FBI files, court records, and public documents. For the Hell of It is a must-read not only for those interested in this ultimate iconoclast, but also for all who seek a fuller understanding of Abbie Hoffman's America.
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