Memoirs Of An Anti-War Activist
On Sale: November 5, 2008
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A gripping memoir of America in the '60s, of idealists
turned radicals, and of a life lived on the run
February 2008, in the heat of the Democratic primary
elections, speculations began circulating in the media about
a connection between presidential hopeful Barack Obama and
Bill Ayers, a former member of the radical 1960s group the
Weather Underground. In Fugitive Days, Ayers tells the real
story of the defining events of the radical '60s. The book
is an eyewitness account of a young pacifist who helped
found one of the most radical political organizations in
U.S. history, and who consequently lived for ten years as a
fugitive. In a new era of antiwar activism and suppression
of protest, Fugitive Days is more poignant and relevant than
"For anyone who wants to think hard about the
social conflagration the Vietnam War produced in the U.S.,
and more generally about a citizen's obligations in troubled
times, Ayers's powerful, morally charged account of a life
and a society in the political balance is provocative
—David Farber, Chicago Tribune
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
—Studs Terkel, author of Working and The Good War
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