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Growing Up Underground

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Paperback, 374 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Carol Publishing Corporation (first published 1981)
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Florence
Feb 15, 2016 Florence rated it liked it
Jane Alpert was another middle-class white woman with a fancy education who was seduced by leftist radicalism during the turbulence of the late 60's. Or one could blame her audacious lover, Sam Melville, who lured her into a life of bomb making and eventually a fugitive existence. Too bad. She had a promising career in Manhattan as an editor. Thank goodness this autobiography does not contain any mind-numbing leftist rhetoric. It does, however, contain a lot of details about Jane's feminist awak ...more
Elizabeth
Aug 29, 2010 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Jane Alpert certainly has serious "Movement" cred -- she was involved in the bombings of several New York buildings, and moved with all the major players in the late 60's/early 70's. Her memoir suffers from a kind of "Elle Magazine" vibe...too many tales of her sex life, her appearance, her fashion choices. Too many sentences that start out something like "Lonnie was a beautiful man and I found myself in bed with him within hours." Her underground life takes up only the last third of the book; p ...more
Julie
Aug 06, 2014 Julie rated it it was ok
I'm thinking about feminists and guns and violence. So Alpert seemed like a good woman to consider. I love autobiographies and this book is conventional for an autobiography. Alpert tells us the whole story from her early childhood through to returning to prison after leaving the underground. Like many people who write autobiographies, she wants answers for herself and to present to others to explain why she did what she did. One explanation is the powerful influence of Sam Melville who she port ...more
Lisa
This is Black History Month 2014, and (among other subjects) I have been reading about the Black Panthers, especially Mark Clark and Fred Hampton, whom the FBI and Chicago Police murdered on December 4, 1969. The Weather Underground - who had tried to affiliate with the Panthers, who in turn had kept them at arm's length - stepped up their violence after those murders.

The Weather Underground's manifesto, Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-imperialism, and Weatherman Jane Alpert's m
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Tom Schulte
Nov 01, 2015 Tom Schulte rated it really liked it
it is interesting to read this autobiography of political bomber Alpert in this day and age. How is someone radicalized? Jane traces her evolution from dissatisfaction with government policy and wanting to make a difference coincided with association with radicals led her down a slippery slope and the momentum took over. in here we also have first hand character sketches of 60s and 70s radicals like government mole George Demmerle, unhinged narcissist bomber Sam Melville, poet feminist Robin Mor ...more
HeavyReader
Jun 24, 2007 HeavyReader rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people interested in the US rebellions of the 1960s
Shelves: life-stories
When my friend Amy and I were tight, this was her favorite book. I finally got to read it, and I wasn't too impressed. I thought the book was about a child who grew up while living underground with her revolutionaly parents. Instead it was about a young woman who participated in some (ill planned and designed) rebellious acts againt US imperialism. The author seems to think that she came of age ("grew up) while she was living underground, evading the authorities. I didn't really like her attitud ...more
Rita Brinkerhoff
Jan 31, 2008 Rita Brinkerhoff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: autobio lovers, those interested in "revolutionaries"
Recommended to Rita by: Ciara Xyerra
I read this while working on the Bookmobile I used to drive for the library. It's an autobiography of this lady's involvements with the Weather Underground. I don't really agree with her assessments of heterosexual relationships and feminism and politics. But I love Love LOVE autobios (especially from this time period), and this was really interesting reading.
Michelle
Feb 24, 2007 Michelle rated it liked it
It's been a long time since I read this, but I was in my early 20s and I was captivated by the idea of this rebellious young woman. I still have the book and should probably pick it up again and see what I think now that it's been over a decade or so since I first read it. But I still recommend it to anyone who likes to read about the unknown rebels of our country.
Ed
May 18, 2009 Ed rated it really liked it
I saw Mark Rudd out plugging his new book. He mentioned this title that I recall reading some years ago. I liked it, and I remember the author striking me as somewhat naive. But it's an interesting slice of social history.
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