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Never Stop Running: Allard Lowenstein and the Struggle to Save American Liberalism
     

Never Stop Running: Allard Lowenstein and the Struggle to Save American Liberalism

by William H. Chafe
 

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Never Stop Running is the poignant saga of Allard Lowenstein, one of America's last liberal heroes. The book is both a chronicle of liberalism at the barricades in the 1960s and 1970s and the story of a man desperately seeking peace in his interior life. A leader of student protests against the Vietnam War, he was a principal organizer in the movement that

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Never Stop Running is the poignant saga of Allard Lowenstein, one of America's last liberal heroes. The book is both a chronicle of liberalism at the barricades in the 1960s and 1970s and the story of a man desperately seeking peace in his interior life. A leader of student protests against the Vietnam War, he was a principal organizer in the movement that drove Lyndon Johnson from the White House in 1968. Most of all, Lowenstein had the remarkable ability to inspire the people who worked with him; he had a strong effect on hundreds of young people--many of whom (like Bill Bradley, Barney Frank, and Bob Kerry) are prominent in public life today. This is the story of an inspiring character in the fight against racism, war, and social injustice..

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"In William H. Chafe's fascinating new political and psychological biography ... Lowenstein comes to life again as a Pied Piper for the young and idealistic and as a man who passionately believed in the possibility of reforming the system without tearing it apart."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

"The real contribution of this book is to make the turbulent youth politics of the Vietnam and civil-rights era much more comprehensible. It is an adoring, yet critical, portrait of a dedicated, brilliant young man who helped reshape American liberalism."--Sol Stern, Newsday

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Duke history professor Chafe presents a thoughtful and intimate biography of the liberal activist New York congressman. Photos. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Lowenstein, the brilliant, enigmatic 1960s radical, congressman, and ambassador to the United Nations, is depicted in this outstanding, sympathetic biography as a metaphor for an era of great social upheavals. Chafe (history, Duke Univ.) skillfully relates Lowenstein's grassroots leadership in the Civil Rights and the ``Dump Johnson'' movements and, most significantly, as the defender of liberalism, his belief that government must play a vigorous role in promoting social welfare. Despite his political successes, Lowenstein was tormented by his unresolved homosexual tendencies and his religious alienation. While dwelling too much on Lowenstein's personal demons, Chafe has captured the spirit of a man who devoted his life to the service of others. Murdered in 1980 by an unbalanced follower, Lowenstein received a hero's funeral and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery near John and Robert Kennedy. Chafe's study is indispensable to an understanding of the student movements of the 1960s. Highly recommended for large public and most academic collections.-- Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp . Lib., King of Prussia, Pa.
Booknews
The biography of a pivotal figure who embodied and exemplified the tradition of liberal activism in the post-World War II era. Lowenstein helped shape American political culture and influenced thousands of young disciples, many of whom now hold positions of power. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691059730
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/26/1998
Series:
Princeton Paperbacks Series
Edition description:
With a New introduction by the author
Pages:
556
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.33(d)

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