Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "a lively history," A Bomb in Every Issue uncovers the largely untold story of Ramparts magazine, the spectacular San Francisco muckraker that captured the zeitgeist of the 1960s, repeatedly scooped the New York Times, and changed American journalism forever.
With "jaunty prose" and "delightful anecdotes" (Chicago Sun-Times), Richardson depicts Ramparts from its inception in 1962 as a Catholic literary quarterly to its rise as a "radical slick," which won a George Polk Award in 1967 for its "explosive revival of the great muckraking tradition."
Ramparts's list of contributors-including Noam Chomsky, César Chávez, Seymour Hersh, Angela Davis, and Susan Sontag-formed a who's who of the American left and although Ramparts folded for good in 1975, it left an important legacy. Former staffers founded Rolling Stone and Mother Jones and include some of the most illustrious names in journalism, including Robert Scheer, Jann Wenner, and Warren Hinckle.
Ramparts' combination of high audacity and solid reporting deeply influenced a generation of progressive writers-and remains an inspiration to investigative journalists today.
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About the Author
Peter Richardson is editorial director at PoliPointPress, chair of the California Studies Association, and a lecturer at San Francisco State University. His publications include American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams and numerous essays on literature, language, politics, and media. He lives in Marin County, California.
Table of Contents
1 The Dawn's Early Light 9
2 When Our Cause It Is Just 19
3 The Perilous Fight 42
4 When Freemen Shall Stand 68
5 The Havoc of War 87
6 Bombs Bursting in Air 114
7 The Battle's Confusion 132
8 The War's Desolation 152
9 Twilight's Last Gleaming 178
10 Full Glory Reflected 195
After Ramparts 211
What People are Saying About This
“This book satisfies on every level . . .”
—New York Times Book Review
“Short, explosive, unforgotten: the story of Ramparts magazine and its lingering influence long after it was gone.”
“Peter Richardson . . . charts the publications’ high points with a gleam in his eye.”
—New York Times