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American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams

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A long-overdue book on the brilliant life and career of one of our greatest public intellectuals, American Prophet will introduce Carey McWilliams to a new generation of readers.

Peter Richardson's absorbing and elegantly paced book reveals a figure thoroughly engaged with the issues of his time. Deftly interweaving correspondence, diary notes, published writings, and McWil
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published October 11th 2005 by University of Michigan Press
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Carey McWilliams is one of my heroes, and so I eagerly picked up this book when my friend Lisa Maldonado suggested it. I was not at all disappointed in the writing nor the excellent way author Peter Richardson placed McWilliams in his historical context all the way through the 20th C. from early attempts to organize farmworkers in the 1930s to opposition to the Vietnam War. What did surprise -- and, I guess, disappoint -- me was to learn of my hero's feet of clay. This amazing and prolific write ...more
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Few things get me engrossed like a good biography- and this is one of the best I've ever read. If you are into California history or progressive politics, and especially if you are into California political history, this book will engross you too. Richardson does a really good job- managing to cover a lot of details over the span of about sixty years, with only tiny stretches of monotony.
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I teach humanities and American studies at San Francisco State University and serve as senior literary advisor to the Bay Area Book Festival.

I've written critically acclaimed books about the Grateful Dead, one of the counterculture's most successful and durable institutions; Ramparts magazine, the legendary San Francisco muckraker; and Carey McWilliams, the longtime editor of The Nation magazine.
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