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In this highly readable history, Ron Jacobs captures the ...
In this highly readable history, Ron Jacobs captures the hair-raising drama of a campaign which planted bombs in banks, military installations and, twice on successive days, in the US Capitol. He describes the group’s formation of clandestine revolutionary cells, its leaders’ disavowal of monogamous relationships, and their use of LSD to strengthen bonds between members. He recounts the operational failures of the group—three members died when a bomb they were building exploded in Greenwich Village—as well as its victories including a successful jailbreak of Timothy Leary. Never short-changing the fierce debates which underpinned the Weather’s strategy, Jacobs argues that the groups eventual demise resulted as much from the contradictions of its politics as from the increasingly repressive FBI attention.
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|List of Acronyms|
|Preface and Acknowledgements|
|1||1968: SDS Turns Left||1|
|2||Weather Dawns: The Break and the Statement||24|
|3||Into the Streets: Days of Rage||38|
|4||Down the Tunnel: Going Underground||66|
|5||Women, the Counter-culture, and the Weather People||90|
|7||A Second Wind? The Prairie Fire Statement||157|
|8||The End of the Tunnel: Weather and Its Successors||170|
|A Weather Chronology||195|