Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity

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Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity

Outlaws of America The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity Dan Berger represents an emerging generation of radical activist scholars A meticulously researched and well referenced study of the Weather Underground A gripping story drawing important lessons for

  • Title: Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity
  • Author: Dan Berger
  • ISBN: 9781904859413
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dan Berger represents an emerging generation of radical activist scholars A meticulously researched and well referenced study of the Weather Underground A gripping story, drawing important lessons for the younger generation of activists Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, author of Outlaw Woman A Memoir of the War Years, 1960 1975Outlaws of America brings to life the motivat Dan Berger represents an emerging generation of radical activist scholars A meticulously researched and well referenced study of the Weather Underground A gripping story, drawing important lessons for the younger generation of activists Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, author of Outlaw Woman A Memoir of the War Years, 1960 1975Outlaws of America brings to life the motivations and actions of America s most famous renegades, who bombed their way into history Through detailed and original research, Dan Berger offers a nuanced and compelling portrait of the group that risked everything in opposition to war and racism.This explosive, engaging, and timely book uncovers the untold story of the Weather Underground, from its incendiary beginning to its tumultuous ending never sparing a critical analysis of the group Especially noteworthy is Berger s groundbreaking discussion of the infamous 1981 Brinks case, where former Weather Underground members allied with the Black Liberation Army in a failed robbery that resulted in the deaths of three men and the longtime incarceration of several activists.Outlaws of America is culled from dozens of in depth interviews with former Weather Underground members, as well as with civil rights activists, Black Panthers, Young Lords, and others many of whom speak about their experiences publicly here for the first time The book also features an extensive appendix including Weather Underground communiqu s, a chronology of actions, a collection of rare photographs, and current biographical sketches of many ex Weather Underground members.Outlaws of America is published at a time of surging interest in the history of the group, immediately following the release of the Oscar nominated documentary entitled The Weather Underground, of which Outlaws is the essential companion volume.Dan Berger is a writer, activist, and PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania A longtime anti racism organizer, he is the co editor of Letters From Young Activists Nation Books, 2005.

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    1. Finn on said:

      man i thought my obsession with 60s/70s radicalism was a thing of the past like when i was 15 sitting in my bedroom lamenting the fact that i wasn't born in my mothers generation. i still find it inspiring. i like to take that inspiration and find lessons that are useful for today. i think that's the purpose of this book. berger (who's pretty close to me in age) obviously thinks highly of the weather underground, but this book isn't about singing their praises. its a critical look at how white p [...]

    2. James on said:

      Read half of it then got distracted with other things. I will pick it back up soon as this book, and this volatile time period, is something that needs to be contemplated and learned from to move forward from the new "60's" we are currently in.

    3. Kelley on said:

      I will update this later, suffice it to say that I really enjoyed this book. I corresponded with Berger for a bit and found him quite sincere. Although, at the end of reading the book, I realized that, although he wants to be objective, I think he really has fallen a little too much in love with Dan Gilbert. Enough so that he never steps back and really gives us a thorough, systematic critique of Weather. Because I am lazy, I will paste here the quickie first impression of the book I shared with [...]

    4. Ciara on said:

      this might be my favorite book about the weather underground (& i have read just about all of them, i am somewhat embarrassed to admit). this one was written by a dude just like two years older than me who got super-interested in prison solidarity work when he was a teenager & started writing to prisoner david gilbert, who is incarcerated because of his role in a brinks armored car robbery in the early 80s during which a guard was shot & killed. gilbert was also involved with the wea [...]

    5. Alex on said:

      Outlaws of America is an interesting and refreshing look at a somewhat overdone subject, the Weather Underground. The use of interviews with David Gilbert, Bernardine Dohrn and many other former members of WUO, as well as an array of former members from revolutionary groups like the Black Liberation Army and Puerto Rican nationalist groups really brings the subject to life. Dan Berger also emphasizes throughout the book the relevance to today's movements, and points particularly to the prison ab [...]

    6. Brian on said:

      Far and away the best history of the turbulent political 60s-80s. It is all the more inspiring that the research and interpretation was done by a young person, translating the lessons from that time into possibilities for the present. Political prisoner (since 1981) David Gilbert is highlighted with chapter head quotes and a moving epilogue (in particular describing, from Berger's point of view with emotional poignancy, leaving the visitor's room at the prison where Gilbert was then held (the sy [...]

    7. Alec on said:

      I liked the attention to the context of anti-racist organizing and action. While I was glad to see some reflection on strategic possibilities, failures, and successes, which is entirely lacking in other accounts I've read, such reflection could have been much greater and more critically thorough to be more relevant now. I thought it was well-done as the specific history of one particular group, and an earnest attempt to situate them in the larger context of anti-racist politics and action at the [...]

    8. Suzy on said:

      I would give this book five stars because it is so amazing. The most amazing thing about it is how it engages in such useful discussion (through extensive oral history interviews) of mistakes that the movement made collectively and individually, and reasons why those mistakes were made. I learned things from this book that are huge lessons for my organizing work.The only reason I don't give it five stars is because I got paid to work on it! (I was the copyeditor.) And one of my best friends wrot [...]

    9. Jim on said:

      When I first came across this book I was thinking, "oh great another book about the New Left and the '60s." Although this is well traveled subject matter, Dan Berger's account is completely refreshing, casting the Weather Underground in a new light. One of the important topics he explores is the reason a group of highly privileged individuals were not only willing to give up their privilege, but actively work to destroy racism, white supremacy and U.S. imperalism. Extremely relevant and well res [...]

    10. Jim on said:

      This is a book worth owning. It raises serious questions about how to effect social change, and the role of "propaganda of the deed." I particularly liked the use of David Gilbert's story to propel the larger story of SDS and the Weather Underground, the focus on the importance of Black liberation, and the reminder that in 2007 there are still political prisoners in U.S. prisons where they have been for over 20 years.

    11. James Tracy on said:

      Great comprehensive history. Would have liked it better if the author was a little more incisive on the Weather Underground's class analysis, and took them to taks on the "Fight the People" statement that was silly as hell. He doesn't ignore Weather's mistakes, but doesn't fully reckon with them either.

    12. Nick Martin on said:

      Clearly meticulously researched. The book would have been more powerful if more context was included about the state of various social movements in the country. I wanted to hear more about the reaction from the national SDS membership as the WU evolved.

    13. Jayden on said:

      berger is a little young and comes off as a bit star struck with the famed weather underground. but, it's a fairly good account of the events and includes some analysis of race and gender in the weather underground.

    14. Jean on said:

      This book tells a lot about our country's history. I definitely recommend it. Plus it has a lot of information and stories based on the workings of the SDS (student's for a democratic society)- of which my dear father JIM RASNER was part during his college years. Interesting stuff

    15. Pam on said:

      I really appreciated this book. The chapter on how the history connects with current issues felt dead on to me and gave me a lot to think about!

    16. Mike Keane on said:

      saw the authos speak, bought the book - who has time for all this reading!

    17. Sean on said:

      Anti-imperialist group, The Weather Underground Organization is the white Black Panther Party but uses dynamite. nice. we live in a corrupt Nation

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