Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond

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PM Press, Jan 1, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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Written from the maximum-security prison where he has lived for almost 30 years, this enlightening memoir chronicles the militant career of David Gilbert, a radical activist whose incarceration is due to his involvement in the 1981 Brinks robbery, an attempted expropriation that resulted in four deaths. From his entry into the world of political activism as the founder of Students for a Democratic Society at Columbia University to his departure from public life in order to help build the clandestine resistance to war and racism known as the Weathermen, Gilbert relates all of the victories he has achieved and obstacles he has encountered during his struggle to build a new world. In telling the intensely personal story he is stripped of all illusions and assesses his journey from liberal to radical to revolutionary with rare humor and frankness. A firsthand glimpse into the terrors and triumphs of the 1960s and beyond, Love and Struggle is as candid and uncompromising as its author.
 

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As mentioned in another review, he was a terrorists and the writings of terrorists to not sit well with me. Once you have killed you cannot take that back. I disagree that it is not easy to condemn him anymore. He and others were responsible for taking away 3 lives. Too many killers are allowed out. Thankfully he will never leave prison but he has it too good. Murderers should not be allowed contact with the outside world the way he has. 

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Dave was a sweet guy at Columbia--- my Class of '66--- and then lost it into the Weathermen and that robbery that killed people... terribly sad!!!

Contents

Missing the Wink
14
THE 1960S AND THE MAKING
23
CriticismSelfCriticism
123
Fighting inthe Streets
132
On a Life Trip
140
War Council
147
ABOVEGROUND IN DENVER
229
Socialism?
263
Back Above the Hard Way
271
Trial by Trial
278
Climbing Mountains
286
The Rock Is a Hard Place
296
Daily Life
305
Heading upthe River
317
Five Pages on TwentyEight Years
323
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David Gilbert appeared in the Academy Award–nominated film The Weather Underground and is the author of No Surrender. He is incarcerated in the Clinton Correctional in Dannemora, New York. Boots Riley is the former leader of the Coup, a music group declared “the best hip-hop act of the past decade” by Billboard magazine. He formed a new group, Street Sweeper Social Club, with Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. He lives in Oakland, California.

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