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Street-Fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties

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In this new edition of his memoirs, Tariq Ali revisits his formative years as a young radical. It is a story that takes us from Paris and Prague to Hanoi and Bolivia, encountering along the way Malcolm X, Bertrand Russell, Marlon Brando, Henry Kissinger, and Mick Jagger.

Ali captures the mood and energy of those years as he tracks the growing significance of the nascent pro
Paperback, 403 pages
Published May 17th 2005 by Verso (first published 1987)
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Sep 01, 2016 Sunny rated it really liked it
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I liked this and liked Tariq’s writing style. I saw Tariq give a lecture at the LSE I think in the early noughties and was impressed then as I was now with this book of his which he wrote in the late 80s. The book is about his political activism in the 60s when he was quite young. He went to Vietnam when things were kicking off then and returned to live the tale. The book covers some interesting tales of this well-educated (originally) Pakistani individuals time there and some of the time that h ...more
Jun 17, 2009 Carlo rated it it was amazing
Tariq Ali's memoir is a great read. Ali, an international socialist activist/intellectual, includes photos which add flavor: among journalists with Chou-en-Lai in Lahore, with Malcolm X in Oxford, visiting Regis Debray imprisoned in Bolivia, with the War Crimes Tribunal in Vietnam, speaking during 1969 insurrection in Pakistan, walking in the streets with May 68er Daniel Cohn-Bendit, celebrating Belgian Marxist Ernest Mandel, posing with Derek Jarman on the Wittgenstein set, dinner with Edward S ...more
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Oct 03, 2007 Obscuranta Hideypants rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: those who live in the past
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I have a lot of trouble with Tariq Ali, and I think this book embopdies the majority of it- take some misguided protest-politics, mix in a bit of cult of personality and reminiscences about the Good Old Days and here we are. As has become his habit, Ali glorifies an era which, ultimately collapsed into the decadence of the eighties- driven in large part by ex radicals who were just along for the ride.

Protest politics is a dead end, something which needs to be studied, not glorified, and certain
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Tariq Ali (Punjabi, Urdu: طارق علی) (born 21 October 1943) is a British-Pakistani historian, novelist, filmmaker, political campaigner, and commentator. He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and regularly contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books.

He is the author of several books, including Can Pakistan Survive? The Death
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