Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence
Given that he seems to know his material to a meticulous point, this makes his doe-eyed routine--"how could this happen?!"--even more offensive. Tale after tale of ...more
The problem is that Burrough simultaneously includes too much and too little in this 500+ page account. Clearly a prodigious reporter, Burrough assembles his account of groups like the Weather Underground, the Black ...more
I found the information about the different groups fascinating ...more
Mr. Burrough narrates his account of absurdist but violent radicals in great detail and with understanding of ...more
Kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst, turned militant radical in Symbionese Liberation Army
This is THE new treatise on the radical left of the 1970s, including the Weatherman from early 1970 to 1972, the Black Liberation Army from the Spring of 1971 to 1973, the Weather Underground in 1973, the Symbionese Liberation Army from November 1973 to 1974 and the FALN of the late 1970s , the last being the communist ...more
The book, however, suffers from its author's utter contempt for most of his subjects. Not all of them-- he seems to be kinder to those with whom he's spoken personally. But he gets off ...more
Days of Rage covers the radical underground movement from 1969 to 1984 when domestic bombings were practically a daily occurance. These were the days of my youth, as Mr. Burrough called them "deranged times". Some of the people in the book I considered the Jesse James/Cole Youngers of my era. I was on the periphery of the Viet Nam anti-war movement. I took place in some ...more
Burrough thinks leftists of the 1970s, who engaged in radical acts of violence, are now viewed too softly. They are terrorists to him—terrorists that should be seen as once being as dangerous as ...more
In "Days of Rage," Burrough looks at the era of left-wing terrorists in the United States, a time that extended from the late Sixties to the mid-Eighties.
This is a fascinating book, bringing to mind things that are half-forgotten, like the Patty Hearst kidnapping.
"Days of Rage" is not a book about the Weather Underground. Burrough shows that ...more
The author should have included a dedication. Dear Bill O'Reilly, I didn't pal around with terrorists. These aren't my politics. Love, Bryan.
Instead, he infused his writing with the same message. He distanced himself from the book's subjects by failing to fully humanize them and writing in moral judgments. I didn't need to be told when each group crossed a line or for for Burrough to act like a horrified father watching his daughter's first orgy. I understand ...more
Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence is an excellent and well researched book that captures not just the familiar, headline capturing revolutionaries of the 1960s but also the not so familiar figures and violence of the 1980s. While it is politics at the core the “revolution” was about people and author Bryan Burrough does a wonderful job exploring the human side of the various movements. Even when I found their actions repulsive I...more
The summer after high school, ...more
Bryan Burrough does an excellent job of demonstrating how my feeling was true as he traces the history of the Weather Underground, the Black Liberation Army, the FALN, the Symbionese Liberation Army and The Family from their heydays in the late 1960's and ...more
Burrough does an excellent job of looking at the radical underground (he calls it the first age of terror, but that's a misnomer, since the kinds of cycles of sustained and radical - even the "Founding Fathers" and their peers were radicals in their day and similar incidents occurred while the British ...more
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