Blood on the Tracks : The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2011-08-01
  • Publisher: PM Press

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After serving in the Vietnam War, S. Brian Willson became a radical, nonviolent peace protester and pacifist, and this memoir details the drastic governmental and social change he has spent his life fighting for. Chronicling his personal struggle with a government he believes to be unjust, Willson sheds light on the various incarnations of his protests of the U.S. government, including the refusal to pay taxes, public fasting, and, most famously, public obstruction. On September 1, 1987, Willson was run over by a U.S. government munitions train during a nonviolent blocking action in which he expected to be removed from the tracks. Providing a full look into the tragic event, Willson, who lost his legs in the incident, discusses how the subsequent publicity propelled his cause toward the national consciousness. Now, 23 years later, Willson tells his story of social injustice, nonviolent struggle, and the so-called American way of life.

Author Biography

S. Brian Willson is a Vietnam veteran and nonviolent pacifist. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Daniel Ellsberg is a former U.S. military analyst who released the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times and other newspapers. He lives in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Special Author's Acknowledgmentp. xii
Authors Conventionsp. xvi
Introductionp. xvii
Forewordp. xxi
July 4,1941p. 3
At Batp. 12
Seeking a Callingp. 18
Enlistedp. 26
Us and Themp. 36
Pax Americana
In Country: Viet Namp. 55
Letters Homep. 62
Conduct Unbecomingp. 70
Sent Homep. 76
The Criminal Injustice System
No, Justicep. 91
A Caged Societyp. 102
Back to the Landp. 110
Flashbackp. 124
The United States in America
Without Leavep. 135
Becoming a Vetp. 144
Dignity Trumps Longevityp. 153
Fasting for Lifep. 166
In Country: Nicaraguap. 183
She Is Me
Blood on the Tracksp. 205
"Here Comes the Train"p. 213
What Really Happenedp. 218
S. Brian Willson, "Terrorist"p. 233
Third World Legs
Becoming a Herop. 253
Fighting Empire in El Salvadorp. 258
Coca-Cola Colombiap. 270
Assimilation or Eliminationp. 283
Steady State
CubaĆ¹A Special Casep. 305
Horizontalismp. 316
Arrowheadsp. 333
Zapatistas! An Archetypep. 345
Conclusionp. 359
Notesp. 374
Recommended Reading Listp. 411
Acknowledgmentsp. 419
Indexp. 421
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