Features a first-person account of the organization Students for a Democratic Society, and describes the author's travels to Vietnam, his work on student volunteer initiatives, and his participation in the Chicago Seven trial.
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Carl Oglesby was president of Students for a Democratic Society between 1965 and 1966. His previous books include Containment and Change and The JFK Assassination. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.Review:
"Oglesby's narrative rekindles the excitement of the 1960s when students and young professionals began making history and sensed the importance of their roles in stopping a senseless and brutal war and instigating needed social change at home. Because the book is so readable -- in an age where many students won't read "heavy prose" -- Ravens should become a text for history courses on the 1960s."
-- Saul Landau, author of "A Bush and Botox World"
"An unflinching, honest, and perceptive portrait of the sixties anti-war movement in all its promise, complexity, and contradictions. A fascinating and important book!"
-- Ron Kovic, author of "Born on the Fourth of July"
"Besides being an engaging read, this memoir about political struggle in the 1960s is a valuable document for understanding the everliving history of American liberal/radical protest."
-- Michael Parenti, author of "Contrary Notions" and "Superpatriotism"
"Oglesby's personal story is an American adventure told with charm, sadness, anger, and comedy. It's a racy read, in perfect pitch with the country-western songs of his southern Baptist roots. A must-read for anyone interested in 'how we got here today' from 'where we were in the Sixties'. The drama, heartache, exhilaration, and rage of the anti-Vietnam war movement feels so fresh it could be about our Iraq war dilemmas. His expansive, come-one-come-all mindset is a terrific shot in the arm. Unputdownable for activists, a breeze for the uninvolved."
-- Clancy Sigal, author of "A Woman of Uncertain Character"
"Carl Oglesby was known for his eloquence as a writer and speaker in those turbulent years of the movement against the war in Vietnam, when he was a leader of the Students for a Democratic Society. His memoir, written with grace and fervor, gives us a fascinating insight into the life and mind of a young radical as he immerses himself in one of the great social struggles of our time."
-- Howard Zinn, author of "The People's History of the United States"
"Carl Oglesby navigates readers through the passions, turbulence, excess, division, and movement politics of a period in American history that forever changed all who experienced it. A wild ride through the good and bad, success and tragedy of a wild era."
-- Senator John F. Kerry
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Book Description Scribner. Book Condition: New. Fine. Cloth, D-j. 2008. Originally published at $25.00. Bookseller Inventory # W76033b
Book Description Scribner, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. In 1964, Carl Oglesby drafted a position paper on the Vietnam war for a Democrat candidate for Congress. Oglesby argued that the war was unwinnable amd a misuse of American power. He later became head of Students for a Democratic Society as it organized nationwide protests against the Vietnam War. This is his story of the antiwar movement that many thought would change America's role in the world forever. Bibliography, Index. Published @ $25.00. Bookseller Inventory # 016293
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