"'The Big Chill' told only half the story of where Sixties activists ended up. Whalen and Flacks... honestly chronicle the other half."
"Whalen and Flacks are true Sixties sociologistship white knights who ride out to slay the ideal-crushing dragon of ‘The Big Chill.’ In all, a heart-on-the-sleeve, hopeful study that should appeal to social psychologists and Sixties sympathizers."
"In the first systematic study of the sequels to New Left radicalism, Whalen and Flacks bring alive the real choices of real activists. This is a lucid and enlightening book, full of stimulating ideas about continuities and fragilities in American radicalism."
Todd Gitlin, author of The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
What has become of the radical students of the '60s? Have they, as many suppose, outgrown their youthful militancy and embraced establishment values? Or does the flame of revolution burn still, albeit dimmed by age? Whalen (Univ. of Oregon) and Flacks (Univ. of California at Santa Barbara), both sociologists, search for answers in this methodologically innovative, jargon-free study. Drawing on life-history data gathered between 1979 and 1988 from a small sample of former UCSB students, the authors conclude that '60s activists have essentially remained true to the ``core values and perspectives'' of the counter-culture. The book is a nice complement to other reminiscences, such as the Morrisons' From Camelot to Kent State ( LJ 11/1/87).-- Kenneth F. Kister, Poynter Inst. for Media Studies, St. Petersburg, Fla.
By studying two groups of U. of Calif. Santa Barbara students, activists and non-activists, Whalen (sociology, U. of OR) and Flacks (sociology, U. of Calif. Santa Barbara) show that student activists did not abandon their beliefs or become disillusioned with the prospects for social change. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)