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A neglected period that Isserman captures well (at least in the memory of this reader, who lived through these events.) It's important to recall that the New Left arose, not only from the wreckage of the Communist Party (and the Left groups that shared its focus, though not its view of the USSR), but also from pacifist currents--Catholic Worker, the Quakers, et al.--that were uninterested in just what kind of "deformed workers' state" (or whatever) the Soviet Union had become, and when. Some Old...more
Dec 29, 2011 Dan Sharber rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
if you are interested in a history of the left and, more importantly, the continuity between the old left and the new left this book is for you. this continuity is not often written about when discussing the 60's or the new left in general but it is there. however, and this is what is more useful about this book, the new left was not open to the ideas and methods of the old left which had become somewhat brittle and didactic after weathering the intense storm of mccarthyism and the corrosive eff...more
Incredible account of the fall of the old left and the birth of the new left as chronicled by the rise of three distinct tendencies which bridged the divide: the Shachtmanites entry into the SP-SDF, the birth of Dissent Magazine and the influence of the Musteites and others on the early days of the peace campaigns.