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Dreams Die Hard: Three Men's Journey Through the '60s

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Dreams Die Hard is an autobiographical book by David V. Harris, a prominent anti-Vietnam War activist. It chronicles the experiences of three men--Harris, Allard K. Lowenstein & Dennis Sweeney--amid the political & social tumult of the '60s, as well as the aftermath of these experiences. Specifically, paranoid schizophrenia & two decades of accumulated disillusionment & ho ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 1983 by St. Martin's Press (NYC) (first published 1982)
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Riley
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this memoir of the 1960s a lot. A few years ago, I read a biography about Allard Lowenstein, the architect of the "Dump Johnson" campaign, but it didn't resonate with me as much as this book did.

Author David Harris was a Stanford University student body president who knew both Lowenstein and the schizophrenic former protege who shot him, Dennis Sweeney. I'd never heard of Harris before, but he was a draft resister who was briefly married to Joan Baez and who went to prison for refusing
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Erik Graff
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sixties fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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Although Harris is a professional journalist and the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, my appreciation of this work is less for the quality of his writing or research than it is deeply personal. Although I came to the Movement late, being six years younger than the author, I grew up well aware of the Civil Rights Stuggle of the early sixties, the Mississippi aspect of which constituted his inauguration to the radical Left, and became myself active in progressive politics by the ag ...more
Ronald Chase
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book recounts an important era in modern American history, and for me, personally, it brought back loads of memories. I was a student at Stanford University in 1961. I had just recently moved out of Stern Hall, where Allard Lowenstein was the new Director. I took his seminar course on The Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa along with about a dozen other students. What I remember most about the course was not Lowenstein, but the subject matter, which I found fascinating. As it was my senior yea ...more
Cathy Hardy
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
I learned a lot about what was going on literally in my back yard while I was growing up.
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