Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence

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Penguin, Apr 7, 2015 - History - 608 pages
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From the bestselling author of Public Enemies and The Big Rich, an explosive account of the decade-long battle between the FBI and the homegrown revolutionary movements of the 1970s

The Weathermen. The Symbionese Liberation Army. The FALN. The Black Liberation Army. The names seem quaint now, when not forgotten altogether. But there was a stretch of time in America, during the 1970s, when bombings by domestic underground groups were a daily occurrence. The FBI combated these groups and others as nodes in a single revolutionary underground, dedicated to the violent overthrow of the American government.

The FBI’s response to the leftist revolutionary counterculture has not been treated kindly by history, and in hindsight many of its efforts seem almost comically ineffectual, if not criminal in themselves. But part of the extraordinary accomplishment of Bryan Burrough’s Days of Rage is to temper those easy judgments with an understanding of just how deranged these times were, how charged with menace. Burrough re-creates an atmosphere that seems almost unbelievable just forty years later, conjuring a time of native-born radicals, most of them “nice middle-class kids,” smuggling bombs into skyscrapers and detonating them inside the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol, at a Boston courthouse and a Wall Street restaurant packed with lunchtime diners—radicals robbing dozens of banks and assassinating policemen in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta. The FBI, encouraged to do everything possible to undermine the radical underground, itself broke many laws in its attempts to bring the revolutionaries to justice—often with disastrous consequences. 

Benefiting from the extraordinary number of people from the underground and the FBI who speak about their experiences for the first time, Days of Rage is filled with revelations and fresh details about the major revolutionaries and their connections and about the FBI and its desperate efforts to make the bombings stop. The result is a mesmerizing book that takes us into the hearts and minds of homegrown terrorists and federal agents alike and weaves their stories into a spellbinding secret history of the 1970s.


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My memory has faded over the years. Somehow, I'd forgotten just how many revolutionary leftist groups were not only publicly protesting in the America of the late 1960s and 1970s but actually bombing ... Read full review

DAYS OF RAGE: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence

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A stirring history of that bad time, 45-odd years ago, when we didn't need a weatherman to know which way the wind was blowing, though we knew it was loud.The 1970s, writes Vanity Fair special ... Read full review

Contents

PRAISE FOR Days of Rage
NEGROES WITH GUNS
AN ARMY OF ANGRY NIGGAS
YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION
AS TO KILLING PEOPLE WE WERE PREPARED TO DO THAT
RESPONSIBLE TERRORISM
THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY
THE RISE OF THE
HARD TIMES
ARMED REVOLUTIONARY LOVE
THE FAMILY
JAILBREAKS AND CAPTURES
THE SCALES OF JUSTICE
THE LAST REVOLUTIONARIES
EPILOGUE
PHOTOGRAPHS

BLOOD IN THE STREETS OF BABYLON
THE DRAGON UNLEASHED
PATTY HAS BEEN KIDNAPPED
THE BELFAST OF NORTH AMERICA
INDEX
IMAGE CREDITS
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About the author (2015)

Bryan Burrough is a special correspondent at Vanity Fair and the author of five previous books, including The Big Rich and Public Enemies. A former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, he is a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award for excellence in financial journalism.


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