From Ike to Mao and Beyond: My Journey from Mainstream America to Revolutionary Communist

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Spanning some of the most tumultuous and storied decades of American history, this account of one man's political life touches on what it takes to lead a revolution and how such a leader is made. Bob Avakian, radical activist and communist leader, takes readers into his 1950s, middle-class past with tales of attending an integrated high school, an experience that profoundly altered his worldview. From there, he traces his path into the heady whirl of 1960s Berkeley, where he engaged with revolutionaries of all ...

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Overview

Spanning some of the most tumultuous and storied decades of American history, this account of one man's political life touches on what it takes to lead a revolution and how such a leader is made. Bob Avakian, radical activist and communist leader, takes readers into his 1950s, middle-class past with tales of attending an integrated high school, an experience that profoundly altered his worldview. From there, he traces his path into the heady whirl of 1960s Berkeley, where he engaged with revolutionaries of all stripes. Revealing insights gained from politics, music, sports, study, and late-night bull-sessions, this dissection of the experiences that formed and informed Avakian looks back at a galvanizing history, and forward to a possible future of revolutionary change. His story offers a rare picture of what it is like to lead a revolutionary party in the most powerful country in the world.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[These] memories are sharp and clear...compelling as maps for those who demand a better world."  —Dr. Juan Gomez-Quinones, author, Mexican American Labor, 1790-1990

"Information about the Black Power struggle and black nationalist organizations that is available nowhere else."  —Elemental Magazine

"A learning document that makes for a fascinating read."  —Counterpunch.org

"Avakian's new memoir leaves a breathtaking impression...[He] sounds a high, sustained cry for complete social transformation."  —San Francisco Chronicle

From The Critics
"[These] memories are sharp and clear...compelling as maps for those who demand a better world."
—author, Mexican American Labor 1790-1990
San Francisco Chronicle
"Avakian's new memoir leaves a breathtaking impression.... [He] sounds a high, sustained cry for complete social transformation."
Elemental Magazine
"Information about the Black Power struggle and black nationalist organizations that is available nowhere else."
Counterpunch.org
"A learning document that makes for a fascinating read."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976023623
  • Publisher: Insight Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 4/30/2006
  • Pages: 458
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Avakian is the leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party in the United States. He is the author of Democracy: Can't We Do Better than That? and Marxism and the Call of the Future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2005

    Amazing Read. Not Your Daddy's Communism.

    This book will shatter often-repeated and generic stereotypes of the 'typical commie' and the cold, heartless worker-bee, dronelike state where everyone dresses alike in grey drab under the gloomy skyline of a constant rainstorm and thought police. The writer instead takes the reader on a long (but not dry, boring and rhetorical!) and exciting journey through growing up in the 50's where he wanted to thank god for the USA through transformations that lead him to struggle both personally and politically for a world without exploitation, oppression, misery and degredation. But also to give those who can hear his voice or read his words inspiration and hope that a better world could be made, that it must be struggled for, but that it is something people are in fact very capable of doing. Throughout the book you feel very personal with him, and not at all like he's someone with a wired up ego, or that he's dismissive of criticism, against himself or the communist movement's history, but that he's continually interrogating himself, that movement's history as well as listening to the interrogation of others. Anyone who is concerned about the state of the planet, from racism and women's oppression, globalization and war, democracy and dictatorship, the role of intellectuals and artists under a socialist society or you just want to read about the upsurges and human rights struggles of the 60's, 70's and through today and how it needs to draw in from the past to go forward YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. The only thing I could remotely compare it to is Malcolm X's autobiography. Even if you are someone who might not agree with communism, now or in the past, this is the kind of book that might blow your perception totally of what a communist society could be like, should be like and that it might just indeed be possible and worth fighting for...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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