Flying Close to the Sun My Life and Times as a Weatherman

ISBN-10: 1583227717
ISBN-13: 9781583227718
Edition: 2007
Authors: Cathy Wilkerson
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 9/4/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

On the morning of March 6, 1970, in the sub-basement of 18 W 11th Street in Greenwich Village, an ordinary piece of water pipe filled with dynamite, nails and an electric blasting cap ignited by mistake . . . My Truths Be Told is the memoir of a white middle-class girl from the suburbs who became what today many would call a terrorist-a bomb-making member of the Weather Underground-who then came to learn the lessons of the 1960s that other radicals of all stripes seem not to have learned. Cathy Wilkerson, who famously blew up and escaped from her parents' Greenwich Village townhouse, here wrestles with the contradictions of the movement that still have not been publicly aired before now: the absence of women's voices; the incompetence and the egos; the hundreds of bombs detonated in protest, which caused little loss of life but were also ineffective in fomenting revolution. Years later she realizes that in making decisions from a place of rage and hopelessness, the Weather Underground in effect accepted the same disregard for human life practiced by Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, and William Westmoreland. They had abandoned themselves to the sanctimony of hating their enemies. 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 finds hope and faith in a world that at times seemed to offer neither. Cathy Wilkerson was active in the civil rights movement, Students for a Democratic Society, and the Weather Underground. In 1970, she, along with Kathy Boudin, survivedan explosion in the basement of her parents' townhouse that killed three Weathermen, forcing the two underground. For the past twenty years she has worked as an educator teaching teachers in the New York City schools.

Introduction
New England Soil
North American Roots
Discovering the World
The Limits of Electoral Politics
New Left Notes
Washington SDS
1968
The Question of Power
Weatherman
The Explosion
The Underground Years
Reentry
Afterword
Chronology of Weatherman Bombings
Ted Gold, Diana Oughton, Terry Robbins
Bibliography
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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