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In his second novel, the acclaimed author of The Sabotage Caf� leads us on a long, strange trip through the heart of the sixties and beyond, as seen through the eyes of the revolution's poster child.

Fred is the sole offspring of Lenny Snyder, the famous (or notorious) pied piper of the counterculture, and in middle age he hates being reminded of it. But neither can h
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group
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Dave
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Furst's Revolutionaries is a coming of age story about what a long strange trip it's been. Freedom is his name and his parents were hippies, particularly his dad, Lenny Snyder, a captain of sixties radicals, an Abbie Hoffman type character who thrived on the notoriety of being a neverland inhabitant, shedding any thought of grieving up. From the perspective of young Freedom, though, life was often an episode of stop the world I want to get off. This was especially true after Lenny plants bombs a ...more
Fran Hawthorne
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
As a Boomer and sort-of '60s/'70s activist, of course I loved reading nearly every adjective and anecdote of Joshua Furst’s new novel “Revolutionaries.”

But there are far too many adjective and anecdotes (also nouns and adverbs) in this outsize story of an outsize '60s radical named Lenny Snyder.

Furst tries to incorporate too much into Lenny’s persona: Lenny is (as I wrote in my review for the New York Journal of Books) “Bobby Kennedy, Kathy Boudin, and Abbie Hoffman all at the same time.”

The b
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James Beggarly
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book about a ‘60’s radical, told by his only son. Amazing story about what happens behind the scenes at home with a charismatic political agitator when he’s not leading marches, protests and pranks. A wonderful story about very complicated people.
Devin Mendez
Apr 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
This guy is a hack who flirts with and manipulated his young female students. He’s a loser, as is this book.
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Apr 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
This has to be one of the worst books I have ever read. I couldn't finish it. It's so self-indulgent and holier-than-thou. Just awful.
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Joshua Furst’s critically acclaimed book of stories, Short People, was described by the Miami Herald as “a near magical collection.” The Los Angeles Times called it “Startling . . . a thoughtful if disturbing portrait of what it means to be a child. Or, more to the point, what it means to be human.” And the Times of London said "Any one of these stories is enough to break your heart. . . . Joshua ...more