Fugitive Days - Memoirs of an Antiwar Activist
Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Antiwar Activist
Product Code: 3277
Binding Information: Paperback
Size: 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 Inches (US)
Copyright Date Ed: 01/01/2009
Trade Code: 00P
Price: $15.00 In stock.
The true story of the ’60s radical who was at the center of the right wing’s 2008 Obama smear campaign
With a new afterword by the author
Bill Ayers was born into privilege and is today a highly respected educator. In the late 1960s he was a young pacifist who helped to found one of the most radical political organizations in U.S. history, the Weather Underground. In a new era of antiwar activism and suppression of protest, his story, Fugitive Days, is more poignant and relevant than ever.
ì[Ayersís] memoir is a breath of fresh air in this self-absorbed age. Ayers discusses his reservations about the use of violence to achieve an end to violence (reservations he held then as well), but he is unrepentant in believing that . . . right-minded people have an obligation to resist unjust wars. . . . There are many lessons still to be learned from such narratives. Recommended.î óDavid Keymer, Library Journal
ì[A] gripping and provocative story . . . What is most remarkable about this dramatic and revelatory personal and social history are the always urgent questions it raises about compassion and freedom, responsibility and community, and the conundrum of how to bring about much-needed change.î óBooklist, starred review
ìA challenging, moving, and troubling account . . . Ayers writes well, lyrically, passionately.î óAndrea Behr, San Francisco Chronicle
ìA memoir that is, in effect, a deeply moving elegy to all those young dreamers who tried to live decently in an indecent world. Ayers provides a tribute to those better angels of ourselves.î óStuds Terkel, author of Working and The Good War
ìWith considerable wit, no small amount of remorse, and an anger that smolders still across the decades, Bill Ayers tells the story of his quintessentially American trip through the 1960s. That it is written in a consistently absorbing style with many passages of undiluted brilliance only adds to its appeal.
óThomas Frank, author of One Market Under God and Whatís the Matter with Kansas?
ìA gripping account . . . Ayers describes well the deep emotions that inflamed the ë60s.î óJohn Patrick Diggins, Los Angeles Times
ìThis is a precious book, not simply because it offers a gripping personal account of the primal American suspense story of life on the run, but, more important, because it recreates a critical point of view and way of thinking that we seem, even a few decades later, barely able to recall.î óScott Turow, author of Ordinary Heroes and Ultimate Punishment
ìItís been a long time since American political culture last leftward . . . Extremists of the left have all but disappeared, while extremists of the right are as common as mushrooms after rain . . . Ayers has a knack for capturing the spirit of his times . . . Itís a fascinating story.î óJean Dubail, Cleveland Plain Dealer
ìFinally, here is an irresistibly readable book that answers the question, How did a nice suburban boy go from the ordinary pleasures of his class to the Days of Rage and beyond? Bill Ayers not only makes this exalting and painful journey comprehensible, he peoples it with sympathetic family, friends, and lovers, and moves us with his candor.î óRosellen Brown, author of Before and After and Half a Heart
ìTerrific . . . This memoir rings of hard-learned truth and integrity and is an important contribution to literature on 1960s culture and American radicalism.î óPublishers Weekly
ìWhat makes Fugitive Days unique is its unsparing detail and its marvelous human coherence and integrity. Bill Ayersís America and his family background, his education, his political awakening, his anger and involvement, his anguished re-emergence from the shadows: all these are rendered in their truth without a trace of nostalgia or ësecond thinking.í For anyone who cares about the sorry mess we are in, this book is essential, indeed necessary, reading.î óEdward W. Said, author of Reflections on Exile and Out of Place
ìThis remarkable memoir gives us the visceral experience of being on the run. Ayers writes with eloquence and irony. This is one manís amazingly honest, authentic, and gripping testamentóand a helluva story it makes.î óPhillip Lopate, author of Portrait of My Body
ìA wild and painful ride in the savage years of the late sixties. A very good book about a terrifying time in America.î óHunter S. Thompson, author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Hellís Angels
ìFor anyone who wants to think hard about the social conflagration the Vietnam War produced in the U.S., and more generally about a citizenís obligations in troubled times, Ayersís powerful, morally charged account of a life and a society in the political balance is provocative reading.î óDavid Farber, Chicago Tribune