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The Making of a Radical: A Political Autobiography
The fascinating story of the activist and self-sufficiency pioneer who made his name as a formidable opponent of child labour and military imperialism.
Paperback, 308 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company
(first published November 30th 1971)
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it's always interesting to read auto-biographies and see what people choose to say and not say about themselves. I liked this book a lot for the political aspects and seeing politics through new eyes in the early 1900s. Although I liked this book, I did find him to rant and rave and stand on his soap-box time and time again about the same points of why capitalism cannot compare to socialism. Although I do like to compare the two, Nearing doesn't look at socialism's bad examples in society, sayin ...more
This is good, and an amazing man who lived a century. You get a great history of the first half of the 20th century through the entertaining and eye opening lifestyle of this rational, driven, and forward thinking man. I'm saddened that many people will not read this.
Scott Nearing (1883-1983) was an American conservationist, peace activist, educator and writer. Born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, Nearing is still viewed as a radical 20 years after his death. In 1954 he co-authored Living the Good Life: How to Live Simply and Sanely in a Troubled World with his wife Helen. The book, in which war, famine and poverty were discussed, described a nineteen-year "back ...moreMore about Scott Nearing...