The Radical Jack London: Writings on War and Revolution / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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Raskin's Jack London is not, admittedly, the Jack London of The Youth's Companion. But he is well worth rescuing from the reactionary nostalgia that finds the prophetic radicalism of this erstwhile champion of 'strenuous young manhood' discomfiting. If Raskin is a sometimes sloppy scholar, let him be taken to task by his peers in professional journals and not by anonymous aficionados.
This is a book written by an extremist for extremists. As with any extreme point of view (either left or right) it sees only one side of all issues and makes no attempt to present a balanced view. London is presented as an anarchist (supporting assassination), a sex addict (who would have been a latter day bisexual), a racist, an alcoholic, a drug user, a male chauvinist and a habitual adulterer. Most of these claims are based on opinion and speculation. The book offers no new legitimate insight to London or his work. Even the ¿rare¿ articles have all been reprinted before. It is little more than muckraking thinly disguised as a scholarly work.