Synopses & Reviews
A Mother Jones “Best Book of 2009,” A Bomb in Every Issue uncovers the largely untold story of Ramparts magazine, the spectacular San Francisco muckraker that captured the zeitgeist of the ’60s and repeatedly scooped the New York Times, changing American journalism forever.
Launched in 1962 as a Catholic literary quarterly, Ramparts quickly transformed into a “radical slick,” winning a George Polk Award in 1967 for its “explosive revival of the great muckraking tradition.” According to the Los Angeles Times, the magazine “not only blew the cover off the biggest stories of the era, it also helped set the ideological agenda for its core demographic, the New Left, and forced the mainstream press to follow its lead.”
Ramparts’ list of contributors—including Noam Chomsky, César Chávez, Seymour Hersh, Angela Davis, and Susan Sontag—formed a who’s who of the American left. Although Ramparts folded for good in 1975, former staffers founded Rolling Stone and Mother Jones and include some of the most illustrious names in journalism (names like Robert Scheer, Jann Wenner, and Warren Hinckle), and Ramparts remains an inspiration to investigative journalists today.
This book satisfies on every level . . .”
—New York Times Book Review
Short, explosive, unforgotten: the story of Ramparts magazine and its lingering influence long after it was gone.”
Peter Richardson . . . charts the publications high points with a gleam in his eye.”
—New York Times
"It's a great delight to see this key chapter in the history of American journalism at last get the readable, judicious history it deserves." —Adam Hochschild, author of Half the Way Home
and Bury the Chains
"Richardson tells Ramparts’ story in jaunty prose . . . with delightful anecdotes." —Chicago Sun-Times
"Richardson has peppered his account with lively comments, most of them from reporters who cut their eyeteeth in newspapers long before the 1960s." —San Francisco Chronicle
"An excellent history that shouldn’t be ignored." —Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior
About the Author
Peter Richardson is the author of A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of
Ramparts Magazine Changed America
(The New Press). He is an editor at University of California Press, a lecturer at San Francisco State University, and a book reviewer at Truthdig
. He lives in Richmond, California.