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Troublemaker: A Memoir from the Front Lines of the Sixties

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In this spellbinding memoir, Bill Zimmerman relates his many adventures in the civil rights and antiwar movements of the sixties and offers invaluable lessons on the art of effective protest for today’s activists.

In Troublemaker, Zimmerman vividly describes registering black voters in Mississippi, marching with Martin Luther King, Jr., organizing for the March on the Pent
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Paperback, 464 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Anchor (first published January 1st 2011)
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University of Chicago Magazine
Bill Zimmerman, AB'63, PhD'67
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From the author: "The book tells of registering black voters in Mississippi, marching with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Chicago, helping to organize the 1967 March on the Pentagon, fighting the police at the 1968 Democratic convention and at Washington’s Mayday demonstrations in 1971, mobilizing the scientific community against the war, smuggling medicines to North Viet Nam, filming the bombing of civilians in Hanoi, founding an international charity, Medical Aid
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Steve Mayer
Jun 28, 2014 Steve Mayer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bill Zimmerman's memoir of the antiwar movement, and much more, focuses on his political evolution and his role in the New Left. It's at its best, and most exciting, when he describes his trip to North Vietnam, and what it felt like to be bombed by your own country, and his role in organizing and then flying in an airlift of food to the blockaded Indians of Wounded Knee. But the real story is his political evolution, from a smart working-class kid in Chicago, to a self-described revolutionary, t ...more
Bill Zimmerman
Feb 14, 2013 Bill Zimmerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My intent was not only to give the reader a feel for what it was like to be in the thick of the battles that defined the Sixties, but also to explain the values and the strategic thinking that motivated our actions.
Bap
Nov 20, 2011 Bap rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
I never heard of Bill Zimmerman. It turns out that he was an activist in the 1960's, never in the first rank of notoriety but a sort of Zelig figure present at the civil rights movement, the antiwar movement and Wounded Knee. He had a doctorate from the Univ of Chicago specializing in sleep theory but he gave up his academic and scientific pursuits to concentrate on anti Viet Nam war activism. I have read memoirs by Mark Rudd and Bill Ayres and have come away with the impression that SDS and lat ...more
Nancy
Jan 13, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent inside overview of the 1960s and early 1970s. Zimmerman was a young college professor who ultimately gave up on academia to work against the Vietnam War. He is an entertaining writer who does an excellent job of capturing the moods of that time. Zimmerman worked with a lot of Big Names of the political left and clearly has a strong opinion on who the "good guys" are but is able to step back enough to give a good overview.

Zimmerman also writes a riveting account of flying a damaged
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Ann
Nov 24, 2012 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think autobiography must be the hardest thing to write, especially for a non-writer. Bill Zimmerman, who was trained as a scientist, became an activist during the Vietnam war. He lived a fascinating life met fascinating people and got to travel to North Vietnam, Cambodia and Wounded Knee at a time when they were in war with our government.

This book should have been fabulous, but it dragged. There was no dialogue and almost no emotion. Sometimes, it seemed like he was just listing his very imp
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Alexandra
Feb 26, 2016 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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