Flying Close to the Sun

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2010-08-17
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
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Flying Close to the Sun is the stunning memoir of a white, middle class girl from Connecticut who became a leader of Students for a Democratic Society and member of the Weather Underground, one of the most notorious groups of the 1960s. Cathy Wilkerson, who famously escaped the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion, here wrestles with the legacy of the movement, at times finding contradictions that many others have avoided: the absence of women's voices then, and in the retelling; the incompetence and the egos; and the hundreds of bombs detonated in protest, which caused little loss of life but which were also ineffective in fomenting revolution. In searching for new paradigms for change, Wilkerson asserts with brave humanity and confessional honesty an assessment of her past-of those heady, iconic times-and somehow finds hope and faith in a world that at times seems to offer neither. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
New England Soilp. 5
North American Rootsp. 27
Discovering the Worldp. 43
The Limits of Electoral Politicsp. 91
New Left Notesp. 99
Washington SDSp. 135
1968p. 171
The Question of Powerp. 241
Weathermanp. 265
The Explosionp. 345
The Underground Yearsp. 349
Reentryp. 379
Afterwordp. 389
Chronology of Weatherman Bombingsp. 395
Ted Gold, Diana Oughton, Terry Robbinsp. 396
Bibliographyp. 405
Notesp. 411
Acknowledgmentsp. 417
Indexp. 419
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