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“His journey is our journey through the tumultuous and disillusioning decades. He is our Everyman, he is us.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Praise for Tom Hayden:

“One comes away enthralled by Hayden’s odyssey.”—The Boston Sunday Globe

From his earliest days as a Freedom Rider and leader of Students for a Democratic Society, through decades as a state senator, to contemporary notes on the Iraq war, the global South, immigration, and spirituality, Tom Hayden’s writings constitute nothing less than an alternative history of our times.

Writings for a Democratic Society is the only book that encapsulates Tom Hayden’s writings over fifty years, a time in which he has been a reflective eyewitness to American history in the making. The book is composed on sections about the new Left of the 1960s, the Chicago 8, Vietnam, electoral politics, gang violence, Ireland, the environment, global justice, and US foreign policy today.

“Tom Hayden changed America,” the national correspondent of The Atlantic, Nicholas Lemann, has written. He created the “blueprint for the Great Society programs,” according to presidential assistant Richard Goodwin. He was the "single greatest figure of the 1960s student movement," according to The New York Times Book Review. Forty years later he was described as "the conscience of the Senate."

Tom Hayden is the author or editor of more than a dozen critically acclaimed books, including Reunion and Street Wars.

Review:

"Former California State Senator Hayden (Ending the War in Iraq) has a long history of activism and politics, much of which has been chronicled in his writing; this collection pulls together more than four decades of work tackling vital social issues, from civil rights and Vietnam to genetically modified foods, Iraq and the global justice movement. Hayden writes in a clear and heartfelt manner, turning spotlights not just on problems, but on the commonsense, and often overlooked, implications of those problems: 'A country that fails to provide living wages for so many of its young is more committed to its present privileges than its future potential'; 'American empire seeks American independence by plunging other nations, cultures, and classes into dependence, which in turn triggers a spiral of resentment and resistance.' These grim pronouncements are balanced by a sense of optimism and a clarion call for action: 'The times are too hard for us to respond simply as comforters of the oppressed... we must move ahead concertedly with our goal-the changing of society.' Dense and wide-ranging, this is a thorough survey of an important thinker and activist." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

Tom Hayden is perhaps most famous as a leader of the Students for a Democratic Society and for standing trial as one of the Chicago Seven together with Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin because of his activities during the protests of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, but he has remained involved in politics and activism to the present day and currently serves as a member of the advisory board for the Progressive Democrats of America. This political reader thus collects materials of his spanning from the Port Huron Statement of SDS (excerpts) to writings against the Iraq War. It also contains Hayden's thoughts on the Vietnam War, electoral politics (he served in the California legislature and ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate and the Mayor of Los Angeles), gang violence, Irish politics, the environment, foreign policy, the legacy of the 1960s, the WTO protests and the global justice movement, and his own personal life. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The best of Tom Hayden's writings from the turbulent 1960s to the Iraq War.

Synopsis:

Cultural Writing. Essays. "His journey is our journey through the tumultuous and disillusioning decades. He is our Everyman, he is us"--Seattle Post-Intelligencer. From his earliest days as a Freedom Rider and leader of Students for a Democratic Society, through decades as a state senator, to contemporary notes on the Iraq war, the global South, immigration, and spirituality, Tom Hayden's writing constitute nothing less than an alternative history of our times. WRITINGS FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY is the only book that encapsulates Tom Hayden's writing over fifty years, a time in which he has been a reflective eyewitness to American history in the making. The book is composed of sections about the New Left of the 1960s, the Chicago 8, Vietnam, electoral politics, gang violence, Ireland, the environment, global justice, and US foreign policy today. Tom Hayden is the author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed books, including Reunion and Street Wars.

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"Tom Hayden changed America", the national correspondent of The Atlantic, Nicholas Lemann, has written. He created "the blueprint for the Great Society programs", according to presidential assistant Richard Goodwin. He was the "single greatest figure of the 1960s student movement", according to a New York Times book review. Forty years later he was described as "the conscience of the Senate"

Product Details

ISBN:
9780872864610
Author:
Hayden, Tom
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Author:
Hayden, Tom
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
World politics
Subject:
Protest movements
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
World politics - 21st century
Subject:
Politics-Political Science
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
450
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Former California State Senator Hayden (Ending the War in Iraq) has a long history of activism and politics, much of which has been chronicled in his writing; this collection pulls together more than four decades of work tackling vital social issues, from civil rights and Vietnam to genetically modified foods, Iraq and the global justice movement. Hayden writes in a clear and heartfelt manner, turning spotlights not just on problems, but on the commonsense, and often overlooked, implications of those problems: 'A country that fails to provide living wages for so many of its young is more committed to its present privileges than its future potential'; 'American empire seeks American independence by plunging other nations, cultures, and classes into dependence, which in turn triggers a spiral of resentment and resistance.' These grim pronouncements are balanced by a sense of optimism and a clarion call for action: 'The times are too hard for us to respond simply as comforters of the oppressed... we must move ahead concertedly with our goal-the changing of society.' Dense and wide-ranging, this is a thorough survey of an important thinker and activist." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
The best of Tom Hayden's writings from the turbulent 1960s to the Iraq War.
"Synopsis" by , Cultural Writing. Essays. "His journey is our journey through the tumultuous and disillusioning decades. He is our Everyman, he is us"--Seattle Post-Intelligencer. From his earliest days as a Freedom Rider and leader of Students for a Democratic Society, through decades as a state senator, to contemporary notes on the Iraq war, the global South, immigration, and spirituality, Tom Hayden's writing constitute nothing less than an alternative history of our times. WRITINGS FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY is the only book that encapsulates Tom Hayden's writing over fifty years, a time in which he has been a reflective eyewitness to American history in the making. The book is composed of sections about the New Left of the 1960s, the Chicago 8, Vietnam, electoral politics, gang violence, Ireland, the environment, global justice, and US foreign policy today. Tom Hayden is the author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed books, including Reunion and Street Wars.
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