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Author of the famed Port Huron Statement, TOM HAYDEN was a leader in the student, antiwar, and civil rights protests in the 1960s. He took up the environmental cause in the 1970s, leading campaigns to shut down nuclear power plants and serving as California's first solar energy official. He was elected to the Califorinia legislature in 1982, serving for eighteen years. He continues to write as an editor of The Nation, and has taught at many campuses from Harvard's Institute of Politics to UCLA's labor studies center.
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Tom Hayden had a noble life. One of the founders of Students for a Democratic Society, Hayden helped to desegregate the South, to end the Vietnam War, and to push LBJ and Nixon out of the White House. He should be an example to every thinking American. I started reading Hayden's excellent autobiography, "Reunion," a few days after he died. I finished it a few days after Donald Trump was elected President (with a minority of the popular vote). I couldn't help but wonder what Hayden would have thought of a guy like Trump in the White House. He surely would have worried that the progress of the last 40 years was at risk of being erased, with the ghosts of LBJ, Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover coming back to life in new guises. We'll never know for sure, as Hayden is now dead, but "Reunion" suggests that he would have fought back. He was the smartest guy in SDS and it really shows in this book. It's well-written, even moving. It's insightful, especially about the descent of the New Left from idealism to .sectarian madness. And it's relentlessly self-critical, a trait not often found in political memoirs. Anyone interested in the 1960s or the prospects for radical politics in the U.S. should get a copy and read it. Six stars.