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

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Verso, 2002 - Political Science - 370 pages
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Revolution in the Air is the first in-depth study of the long march of the US New Left after 1968. The book 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, as well as being spurred on by the Puerto Rican, Chicano and Asian-American movements, embraced a Third World oriented version of Marxism.

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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

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Lots of good historic detail here, but it's mixed in with a lot of destructive and opportunistic bs about how you can't speak truth to the masses, you have to tail them. When I got to the end, I was going ok, where do we go from here? And his answer was not real clear, but seemed to say: Give up on revolution, and go help the Democrats or the Sierra Club.  


The System Becomes the Target
The Appeal of Third World Marxism
The Transformation of New Left Radicalism
A New Communist Movement Takes Shape
Strongest Pole on the Anticapitalist Left
Elaborate Doctrine Weak Class Anchor
Envisioning the Vanguard
The Culture of a Movement
Chinas New Policies Split the Movement
Rival Trends Try Party Building Round Two
Fatal Crises and First Obituaries
The Survivors Build the Rainbow
The Collapse of Communism
Movement Veterans Adjust to Civilian Life
Glossary of New Communist Movement

The Momentum Is Broken

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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.

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