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James S. Kunen is the author of popular and critically praised books that grapple with legal and political issues in a personal way. A prize-winning journalist, he is best known for his 1968 memoir, The Strawberry Statement: Notes of a College Revolutionary—his account of the antiwar student strike at Columbia. It has been translated into four languages and widely used in college history and writing courses. MGM’s film version of the book won the Jury Prize at the 1970 Cannes Film Festival.

Graduating from Columbia in 1970, Kunen was sent to Vietnam by True magazine to write a series of articles, which led to his book Standard Operating Procedure: Notes of a Draft-Age American (1971).

After working as a freelance journalist, Kunen earned his

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The Strawberry Statement: N...
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 260 ratings — published 1969 — 3 editions
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Diary of a Company Man: Los...
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How Can You Defend Those Pe...
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Reckless Disregard: Corpora...
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"I lived a pretty sheltered suburban life in the Midwest when James S. Kunen was going to college at Columbia (NY) in the late '60s. I was some years younger than the author but sure remember the times...and yeah, "they were a changin'".

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“We youths say “like” all the time because we mistrust reality.”
James S. Kunen, The Strawberry Statement: Notes of a College Revolutionary

“You are not alone. You are instead lonely. There is loneliness as can exist only in the midst of numbers and numbers of people who don’t know you, who don’t care about you, who won’t let you care about them.”
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“Time doesn't fly. It just never stops. And the next thing you know, it's now."
--from "Diary of a Company Man”
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