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Overview

In this sympathetic history of a maligned decade, Marty Jezer, a fellow antiwar activist, details Abbie Hoffman's humor, manic energy, depressive spells, political skills, & above all, his incurable & still contagious optimism. He presents a thoughtful, solidly researched biography of the wildly creative & iconoclastic Yippie, portraying Hoffman as a fresh force in American political culture. Jezer surveys in detail the politics, philosophies, & struggles of the antiwar movement.
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Editorial Reviews

Todd Gitlin
Jezer is a tender but often tough-minded guide to Abble Hoffman's adventures....a solid account of the Iife of an Inventive. destructive luftmensch, and a valuable cautionary tale for both the left and right.
New York Times Book Review
Entertainment Weekly
In this sympathetic history of a maligned decade, Marly Jezer. a fellow antiwar activist, details Hoffman's humor, manic energy, depressive spells, political skills, and above all, his Incurable and still contagious optimism.
Chicago Tribune
Sympathetic yet critical.....Abbie, more than any other radical, showed potheads how to demonstrate and radicals how to dance.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This critical, comprehensive biography of the late radical Abbie Hoffman surveys in detail the politics, philosophies and struggles of the antiwar movement and, to a lesser extent, civil rights, feminism and environmentalism. Even though Jezer ( The Dark Ages: Life in the United States, 1945-1960 ) clearly respects Hoffman's ability to mobilize dissenters, he does not shirk from challenging Hoffman's attention-getting tactics, often perceived as clownish or macho. Jezer contends that the Jewish Hoffman's upbringing in conservative, largely non-Jewish, working-class Worcester, Mass., taught him to accept people of varied backgrounds and contributed to his energetic support of civil rights. His youth also led him to adopt a ``tough hood'' stance that he never abandoned, and that did not allow him to fully practice nonviolence. Hoffman's formative education in radicalism at Brandeis and Berkeley, his support of antiwar political candidates and his founding of the politicized Yippie movement on Manhattan's Lower East Side are discussed. Anecdotal accounts of demonstrations are here in abundance; much attention is given to ``guerrilla theater,'' police brutality and Hoffman's problems with the law on a cocaine-dealing charge. Little is made of his life outside the political arena, but the manic depression that led him to commit suicide in 1989, at age 53, is shown to have been an ever-present, worsening condition. Photos. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Do not be misled by the fact that this book was published by a university press. Jezer's biography offers a fascinating and eminently readable study of one of the most controversial and emblematic symbols of the 1960s. Jezer, himself a veteran of pacifist movements against the Vietnam War, traces Hoffman's evolution from Brandeis beatnik to Yippie leader and spokesperson for the Woodstock nation. As Jezer shows, Hoffman remained active around environmental and social justice issues during the narcissistic 1970s and the Reaganite 1980s. This warts-and-all portrait of a unique rabble-rouser is surprisingly witty, absorbing, and even significant. Highly recommended for all collections.-- Kent Worcester, Social Science Research Council, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813520179
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 "I never left Worcester," 1936-1955 1
Ch. 2 Brandeis to Berkeley: A Radical Education, 1955-1960 20
Ch. 3 Civil Rights Worker: Worcester and the South, 1960-1966 42
Ch. 4 The East Village: Organizing Hippies, 1967 71
Ch. 5 Protesting the War, 1967 93
Ch. 6 The Road to Chicago, 1968 121
Ch. 7 Chicago, August 1968 149
Ch. 8 Giving Up on America, 1968-1969 172
Ch. 9 The Trial: Hoffman vs. Hoffman, 1969-1970 197
Ch. 10 Last Hurrah, 1970-1972 214
Ch. 11 Rebel without a Cause, 1973-1980 242
Ch. 12 Capture the Flag, 1978-1983 267
Ch. 13 Final Battles, 1984-1989 290
Notes 311
Index 329
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