Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che

Front Cover
Verso, 2002 - Political Science - 370 pages
8 Reviews
Revolution In The Air is the first in-depth study of the long march of the US New Left after 1968. It tells the story of the 'new communist movement' which was the most racially integrated and fast-growing movement on the Left. Thousands of young activists, radicalized by the Vietnam War and Black Liberation, and spurred on by the Puerto Rican, Chicano and Asian-American movements, embraced a Third World oriented version of Marxism. These admirers of Mao, Che and Amilcar Cabral organized resistance to the republican majorities of Nixon and Ford.

By the 1980s these groups had either collapsed or become tiny shards of the dream of a Maoist world revolution. Taking issue with the idea of a division between an early 'good sixties' and a later 'bad sixties,' Max Elbaum is particularly concerned to reclaim the lessons of the new communist movement for today's activists who, like their sixties' predecessors, are coming of age at a time when the Left lacks mass support and is fragmented along racial lines.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
1
4 stars
3
3 stars
1
2 stars
2
1 star
1

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - daschaich - LibraryThing

A solid history of the New Communist Movement: Max Elbaum's Revolution in the Air traces the history of the New Communist Movement (NCM) that grew out of the 1960s antiwar and antiracism movements in ... Read full review

Review: Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che

User Review  - Zeke - Goodreads

There is good historical work here showing the background and forces behind the upsurge of revolutionary movements originating in the 1960's United States. But folded into that all thru the book are ... Read full review

Contents

The System Becomes the Target
15
The Appeal of Third World Marxism
41
The Transformation of New Left Radicalism
59
A New Communist Movement Takes Shape
93
Strongest Pole on the Anticapitalist Left
111
Elaborate Doctrine Weak Class Anchor
129
Envisioning the Vanguard
145
The Culture of a Movement
163
Chinas New Policies Split the Movement
207
Rival Trends Try Party Building Round Two
227
Fatal Crises and First Obituaries
253
The Survivors Build the Rainbow
269
The Collapse of Communism
287
Movement Veterans Adjust to Civilian Life
305
Glossary of New Communist Movement
339
Index
363

The Momentum Is Broken
183

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2002)

Max Elbaum was a member of Students for a Democratic Society and a leader of one of the main new communist movement organizations. His writings have appeared in the Nation, the US Guardian, CrossRoads, and the Encyclopedia of the American Left. He lives in Oakland.

Bibliographic information