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

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

by Bob Avakian
     
 


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…  See more details below

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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 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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"[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

"[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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780976023623
Publisher:
Insight Press San Francisco, CA
Publication date:
04/30/2006
Pages:
458
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Howard Zinn
"A humanizing portrait of someone who is often seen only as a hard-line revolutionary."
—author, A People's History of the United States

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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