Mostly on the Edge: An Autobiography

Front Cover
Prometheus Books, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 409 pages
2 Reviews
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.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

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

Review: Mostly on the Edge: An Autobiography

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

Contents

Preface
7
Life Chronology
25
AntiCommunist
133
Copyright

12 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (1999)

Hess received his Ph.D. in Ecology.

Bibliographic information