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Commies: A Journey through the Old Left, the New Left and the Leftover Left / Edition 1
     

Commies: A Journey through the Old Left, the New Left and the Leftover Left / Edition 1

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by Ronald Radosh
 

ISBN-10: 189355452X

ISBN-13: 9781893554528

Pub. Date: 06/28/2002

Publisher: Encounter Books


Commies is a brilliant memoir of growing up in the culture of radicalism. But it also about the hard decisions faced by those professing a radical faith. For Radosh himself, the crisis came when he concluded in his authoritative book on Julius and Ethel Rosenberg that the couple (in whose behalf he had demonstrated as a boy) had indeed been guilty of spying.

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Commies is a brilliant memoir of growing up in the culture of radicalism. But it also about the hard decisions faced by those professing a radical faith. For Radosh himself, the crisis came when he concluded in his authoritative book on Julius and Ethel Rosenberg that the couple (in whose behalf he had demonstrated as a boy) had indeed been guilty of spying. Attacked as a traitor, Radosh began to question his political commitments. His disillusionment climaxed in the 1980s when he traveled through Central America as a journalist and historian and ran into his old comrades there still searching for the revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781893554528
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
205
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 8.76(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1 Red Diapers1
2 Commie Camp15
3 The Little Red Schoolhouse25
4 The Red Campus in the Post-McCarthy Era49
5 Towards a New Left65
6 My 1960s in New York City83
7 The Personal is Political103
8 Socialist Lobotomies121
9 Party Lines133
10 My Rosenberg Case and Theirs147
11 Adventures in Sandinistaland173
12 Coming Home197
Acknowledgments207
Index209

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Commies: A Journey through the Old Left, the New Left and the Leftover Left 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A witty and wonderful book about the American left, it will leave you laughing and shaking your head. Some people will believe anything and some of those gullible believers wound up on the American left. Radosh is an intelligent tour guide as he roams through the political wilderness where idealogy was everything but facts and evidence didn't matter. While touring Cuba, a few leftists were dumbfounded that the medical system used lobotomies on patients. A diehard leftist exclaimed, 'Socialist lobotomies are not the same as capitalist lobotomies.' More than one character sounds like he had a lobotomy in this remarkable book. If you're interested in history or politics, it's a must read.