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Love and Struggle by David  Gilbert
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Apr 06, 2012

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bookshelves: non-fiction, 2012, do-not-own, memoir-and-biography
Read from April 09 to 11, 2012

It's always interesting to hear what draws people to do things that they end up spending the rest of their life in prison for. His analysis on the Left movements in the 60s/70s was interesting and well-stated, especially his critical analysis of SDS and WUO.

Don't read this book if you don't already have a good grip on the movements in the era of Vietnam. The author assumes that you know about SDS, SNCC, WUO, and a host of other acronyms I couldn't keep straight. A lot of confusion for me came in trying to piece together the author's narrative which wasn't always chronological. For that reason it's almost impossible to say when he's writing about an SDS function vs. a WUO function, when he's above or underground, etc. It really made the book hard to read at times, because the majority of the book focuses on the Left movements of the time, and their major activities, philosophies, and shortcomings. But if you don't know what organization he's talking about, it tends to fall apart.

Additionally, for the event that is the climax of the memoir, Gilbert says almost *nothing* about the Brinks incident. Everything went wrong, apparently, but he didn't say what those things were! It's probably difficult to rehash such a difficult event, but he goes into great detail about jail, the trial, prison, etc, that you would think he would at least spend a paragraph talking about the incident, which I had no prior knowledge of.

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