Mostly on the Edge: An Autobiography

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Prometheus Books, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 409 pages
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Karl Hess participated in many of the seminal events of twentieth-century America. His is the story of a self-taught boy who became a self-made journalist. Hess left school at age fifteen to write for the Washington Star, and wound up, just a few years later, as a senior editor at Newsweek. He helped William F. Buckley Jr. found the National Review, then he worked with Sen. Joseph McCarthy to fight Communism. Later he became a shining light of individualism, and the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary Toward Liberty. He also served as the main speechwriter for Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign. But true to a conscience that found him constantly questioning the claims and authority of others, Hess eventually rejected conservatism to become a spokesman for the New Left. He used drugs, smuggled guns, rode motorcycles, and published an article in Playboy that defined libertarianism and ignited a national debate.

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User Review  - CitizenClark - LibraryThing

Wonderfully inspiring memoir of a radical libertarian anarchist during tumultuous times in American history. Highly recommended not as a primer on Hess's political philosophy, but on his character and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

Great, but incomplete biography of one of the most pivotal figures of the early libertarian movement. Karl Hess was an amazingly self-aware person who was willing to explore his role in the Old Right, New Left, and libertarian movements. Read full review


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Hess received his Ph.D. in Ecology.

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