"Drugs. Sex. Revolutionary violence. From its first pages, Susan Sterns memoir With the Weathermen provides a candid, first-hand look at the radical politics and the social and cultural environment of the New Left during the late 1960s. The Weathermena U.S.-based, revolutionary splinter group of Students for a Democratic Societyadvocated the overthrow of the government and capitalism, and toward that end, carried out a campaign of bombings, jailbreaks, and riots throughout the United States. In With the Weathermen Stern traces her involvement with this group, and her transformation from a shy, married graduate student into a go-go dancing, street-fighting macho mama. In vivid and emotional language, she describes the attractions and difficulties of joining a collective radical group and in maintaining a position within it. Sterns memoir offers a rich description of the raw and rough social dynamics of this community, from its strict demands to smash monogamy, to its sometimes enforced orgies, and to the demeaning character assassination that was led by the groups top members. She provides a distinctly personal and female perspective on the destructive social functionality and frequently contradictory attitudes toward gender roles and womens rights within the New Left. Laura Browders masterful introduction situates Sterns memoir in its historical context, examines the circumstances of its writing and publication, and describes the books somewhat controversial reception by the public and critics alike."
A Trump tweet starts an FBI investigation in this historical novel and legal thriller, leading to the arrest of an aging university professor for his role in violent acts of protest in the 1970s: actual political bombings and invented political assassinations. Real people such as the anti-imperialist Weathermen leader Bernardine Dohrn and her compatriot Bill Ayers, along with President Trump and his FBI director James Comey, are complemented by fictional characters like FBI Cold Case agent Mar?Shae ?Black? McGurk and East Coast folk musician/university student Val Shaw. Complex plot twists are resolved in a realistic federal trial as the narrative alternates between the original crimes and today?s attempts to arrive at justice. As an introduction to the history of the Viet Nam anti-war movement, the novel represents the real actors? actual backgrounds, motiva-tions, actions, words, and voices, based in part on recent memoirs by various Weathermen and the latest historical research on the group. Their ideology is faithfully incorporated.Paradoxically, the characters on all sides act out of patriotism as they understand it, and their convictions about what America stands for, illustrating the deep divisions in American politics and society.
A reference guide to conspiracy theory presents over 300 entries describing events and theories, analyzing the historical, intellectual, and political context of each, and offering evidence to support or refute each one.
“Honest and funny, passionate and contrite, meticulously researched and deeply philosophical: an essential document on the ’60s.” —Washington Post Mark Rudd, former ’60s radical student leader and onetime fugitive member of the notorious Weather Underground, tells his compelling and engrossing story for the first time in Underground. The chairman of the SDS and leader of the 1968 student uprising at Columbia University, Rudd offers a gripping narrative of his political awakening and fugitive life during one of the most influential periods in modern U.S. history.
As in previous editions, Understanding Terrorism, Third Edition offers a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive exploration of contemporary terrorism that helps readers develop the knowledge and skills they need to critically assess terrorism in general and terrorist incidents in particular. The Third Edition offers new, updated theories and cases, covers homeland security in the opening chapter and throughout the book, offers a consolidated discussion of ideological terrorism, and offers new photographs, updated tables, enhanced graphics and a new two-color design. Key Features Provides a “one-stop shop” for understanding terrorism, emphasizing contextual analysis and multiple perspectives Offers new or expanded case studies and profiles, covering such topics as the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, women as terrorists, events in Zimbabwe, the Palestinian movement and other religious terrorism, the death of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, Hezbollah, FARC (including the Betancourt operation), recent narco-terrorist events in Mexico, and terrorist profiles of Leila Khaled and Abu Nidal Includes “Opening Viewpoints” at the beginning of each chapter with relevant examples to introduce readers to the themes and theories in the discussion that follows Updated throughout with new Chapter Perspectives, Cases in Point, photos, literature references, recommended readings, web exercises, and recommended web pages Ends each chapter with “Discussion Boxes” that provide controversial information, along critical thinking questions to stimulate classroom discussions
Few question the “right turn” America took after 1966, when liberal political power began to wane. But if they did, No Right Turn suggests, they might discover that all was not really “right” with the conservative golden age. A provocative overview of a half century of American politics, the book takes a hard look at the counterrevolutionary dreams of liberalism’s enemies—to overturn people’s reliance on expanding government, reverse the moral and sexual revolutions, and win the Culture War—and finds them largely unfulfilled. David T. Courtwright deftly profiles celebrated and controversial figures, from Clare Boothe Luce, Barry Goldwater, and the Kennedy brothers to Jerry Falwell, David Stockman, and Lee Atwater. He shows us Richard Nixon’s keen talent for turning popular anxieties about morality and federal meddling to Republican advantage—and his inability to translate this advantage into reactionary policies. Corporate interests, boomer lifestyles, and the media weighed heavily against Nixon and his successors, who placated their base with high-profile attacks on crime, drugs, and welfare dependency. Meanwhile, religious conservatives floundered on abortion and school prayer, obscenity, gay rights, and legalized vices like gambling, and fiscal conservatives watched in dismay as the bills mounted. We see how President Reagan’s mélange of big government, strong defense, lower taxes, higher deficits, mass imprisonment, and patriotic symbolism proved an illusory form of conservatism. Ultimately, conservatives themselves rebelled against George W. Bush’s profligate brand of Reaganism. Courtwright’s account is both surprising and compelling, a bracing argument against some of our most cherished clichés about recent American history.