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Toward a Radical Middle: Fourteen Pieces of Reporting and Criticism

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Toward a Radical Middle includes essays on national & international social & political issues. Critics applauded the collection, noting that Renata Adler had skillfully chosen details to provide insight into many of the troubling issues of the 1960s & that she had managed to offer meaningful social commentary without intruding on her subject.
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published 1970 by Random House (NY) (first published 1969)
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Matthew Wilder
It will probably be impossible for whichever readers of TOWARD A RADICAL MIDDLE pick it up post-2019 to view it as anything but a book that covers almost the exact same terrain as SLOUCHING TOWARD BETHLEHEM and THE WHITE ALBUM. And those who are startled by Goldwater-girl Didion's relative conservatism will be shocked out of their wokester unisex bib overalls by how reactionary Renata is. The love of Israel; the by-our-standards patronizing descriptions of the black caucus at a New Left meeting ...more
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Essays, mostly journalism from the 60s and 70s, so the work is greatly dated in places. But Adler covers a lot of the early 1960s racial justice marches and events in the south, providing a stark comparison/contrast opportunity for 2021. Not that much has changed: surprise, surprise.

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Born in Milan, Italy, Adler grew up in Danbury, Connecticut after her parents had fled Nazi Germany in 1933. After attending Bryn Mawr, The Sorbonne, and Harvard, she became a staff writer-reporter for The New Yorker. She later received her J.D. from Yale Law School, and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Georgetown University.

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