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For the Hell of It: The Life and times of Abbie Hoffman

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Publisher Comments:

Drawing 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, Raskin provides the best account we have of this mercurial figure. He takes us from Hoffman's childhood in Worcester, Massachusetts, through his civil rights and antiwar activities - in particular his roles in the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the notorious Chicago Conspiracy trial the next year. Raskin chronicles Hoffman's cocaine bust, his years underground during the seventies, and his alternating fits of manic hyperactivity and paralyzing depression. When he took his own life in 1989, Hoffman was both larger than life and a deeply troubled soul.

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.

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:
9780520921047
Subtitle:
The Life and times of Abbie Hoffman
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Jonah Raskin
Author:
Raskin, Jonah
Subject:
Hoffman, abbie, 1936-1989
Subject:
History & Theory - Radical Thought
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Radicals
Subject:
Radicalism
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
American Studies-50s, 60s, and 70s
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19980528
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
315

Related Subjects

» Biography » Historical
» Biography » Political
» History and Social Science » Politics » General
» History and Social Science » US History » General
» History and Social Science » World History » General

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"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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