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A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  46 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
What an incredible story Peter Richardson has told! Ramparts magazine turned the Sixties on its head with a high-octane combination of avant-garde satire and gumshoe investigative reporting. A Bomb in Every Issue is an excellent history that shouldn't be ignored. I can't recommend it enough.

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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by The New Press (first published August 18th 2009)
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Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it
How does an obscure west coast Catholic magazine, fueled by east coast wealth, cigarettes and Christian intellectual fiction become the radical left "slick", design-forward muckraker of the 1960s? How do you go from the nuns of genteel Menlo Park to the napalm of the graphic Vietnam War? From giving out haughty poetry prizes to giving out ink space to The Black Panthers?

This is Ramparts, a magazine you more than likely have never heard about, but that changed journalism as we know it. Many of t
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A breezily told life-and-times account of Ramparts magazine and its late impresario, the larger than life Warren Hinckle. Ramparts went from an old money funded highbrow magazine in Menlo Park in 1962, to one of the key sensationalist New Left publications, based in San Francisco. The real topic of the book, however, are the fissures of radical politics in late 60s San Francisco: while there was a shared hatred of establishment, technocratic, repressive let tolerant limousine liberalism, there w ...more
C.D. Reimer
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The underground publication, Ramparts, which started off as a Catholic literary journal in Menlo Park, CA in 1962, moved to San Francisco and later Berkeley to become a secular slick with a muckraking mission that impacted journalism and politics in the United States, and spawned several notable successors - Mother Jones and Rolling Stone - before shutting down in 1975.

If you're not that familiar with the San Francisco Bay Area political scene in the 1960s and early 1970s, this book covers all t
The American Conservative
'Peter Richardson’s book vies with Gitlin’s own The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage as one of the most vivid accounts of the antiwar and eventually anti-American New Left. Richardson tells the story in miniature—in little more than 200 pages—through the rise and fall of the radical magazine Ramparts, which blazoned on one cover in 1969, “Alienation is when your county is at war and you want the other side to win.”'

Read the full review, "A Fistful of Dynamite," on our website:
Oct 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Interesting and informative glimpse behind the curtain. As dramatic as anything would have to be concerning these "muckraking" journalists. RAMPARTS MAGAZINE was seminal to my eschewing conventional wisdom in my formative teens and early twenties. A Quixotic endeavor that struggled to survive, then, sadly, died too soon.
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it
A surprisingly well written history of Ramparts Magazine. A small political and cultural muckraker that was briefly prominent in the Sixties before going under. If you're curious about the history of Students for a Democratic Society, the Black Panthers, Weather Man, San Francisco, Hunter S. Thompson or Rolling Stone I'd recommend checking it out. It's all tied together in this book.
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great, quick read about a publication that had an incredible impact on American society that I knew almost nothing about. Full of entertaining stories and anecdotes that almost never get annoying (almost).
Daniel Burton-Rose
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 60s70s
Fills in some info on Ramparts, but is entirely consistent with the standard '60s declensionist narrative.
Dan Sharber
meh. it was vaguely interesting if you want to know the ins and outs of running a magazine but if you want movement history from the 60's and 70's there are many better books to read.
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Edward Sullivan
An interesting and insightful history of the frequently incendiary and highly influential left-wing periodical.
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I teach humanities and American studies at San Francisco State University and serve as senior literary advisor to the Bay Area Book Festival.

I've written critically acclaimed books about the Grateful Dead, one of the counterculture's most successful and durable institutions; Ramparts magazine, the legendary San Francisco muckraker; and Carey McWilliams, the Los Angeles author and longtime editor
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