Run Run Run: The Lives of Abbie Hoffman

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An intimate portrait of one of the most fascinating and complex history-makers of our century, Run Run Run intertwines the details of Abbie Hoffman's intense personal life, as told by his brother, Jack, with the dramatic politics of the sixties, seventies, and eighties. From the creation of the Yippies! in 1967, the tumult of the 1968 Democratic National Convention protests, the humor and agony of the Chicago conspiracy trial, the scandal of Abbie's 1973 cocaine bust and his six and a half years as a fugitive, to...
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New York 1996 Soft Cover New 5 1/2 x 9. New with minimal shelfwear. A biography of the notorious radical of the sixties, seventies, and eighties, written by his brother, ... providing personal insight into this dynamic figure and his times. Illustrated. Read more Show Less

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An intimate portrait of one of the most fascinating and complex history-makers of our century, Run Run Run intertwines the details of Abbie Hoffman's intense personal life, as told by his brother, Jack, with the dramatic politics of the sixties, seventies, and eighties. From the creation of the Yippies! in 1967, the tumult of the 1968 Democratic National Convention protests, the humor and agony of the Chicago conspiracy trial, the scandal of Abbie's 1973 cocaine bust and his six and a half years as a fugitive, to the emergence of his alter ego, environmentalist Barry Freed, and Abbie's final struggle with manic-depressive illness, this brother's biography offers a compelling examination of the contradictions that make Abbie Hoffman such a fascinating figure. Run Run Run is also the story of the Hoffman family and how Abbie and Jack's relationship survived the twists and turns of the one's celebrity. From early childhood until the day before his death, Abbie talked to, called, wrote, cabled, telexed, taught, and pestered his kid brother almost daily. With the information and affection only a brother could bring to the complexities of Abbie's life, Jack Hoffman, together with Daniel Simon, sets Abbie's public persona alongside a picture of his private aspirations and fears, romances and lasting loves, and enduring family relationships.

Abbie Hoffman's brother presents an intimate portrait of one of the most fascinating and complex history-makers of our century. From the creation of the "Yippies" in 1967 to his final struggle with manic-depression and suicide, Run, Run, Run offers a compelling examination of the contradictions that made Abbie Hoffman such an intriguing figure.

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Jewish Book World
A sobering portrait of the long-term consequences of activism.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The obsessive inner forces that drove Abbie Hoffman (1936-89), antiwar protester, media manipulator and grassroots organizer, are illuminated in this engaging biography by his younger brother. Jack Hoffman's intimate first-person narrative is coauthored with Simon, cofounder of Four Wall Eight Windows publishing. The book offers close views of Abbie's troubled relationship with his conservative father, his contentious first marriage and his role in the 1969 Chicago Conspiracy trial. Also revealed are his constant drug use, including his 1973 cocaine bust and his fugitive years with ex-model Johanna Lawrenson, during which, as ``Barry Freed,'' he organized an environmentalist campaign to save the St. Lawrence Seaway. We learn that Abbie took lithium for manic-depressive disorder; Jack Hoffman retracts his statement alleging foul play, made shortly after Abbie died of barbituate poisoning, and describes his brother's self-medicating at the time of his death. Photos. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874778113
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/19/1996
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 5.48 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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