The Other American The Life Of Michael Harrington

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PublicAffairs, Mar 8, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 473 pages
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The critically praised biography of "the man who discovered poverty" and inspired a generation-now in paperback for scholars and anyone else interested in American politics, the politics of poverty, and the history of the New Left. Most Americans first heard of Michael Harrington with the publication of The Other America, his seminal book on American poverty. Isserman expertly tracks Harrington's beginnings in the Catholic Worker movement, his abandonment of his once deeply-held Catholicism, his life in 1950s Greenwich Village, and is evolution as a thinker. Along the way he dispels.
 

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This is the story of Michael Harrington's struggle for relevance. He left the Catholic Worker in search of power to effect social change. A democratic socialist committed to improving the lot of the ... Read full review

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Minireview: Despite its size, this thick biography of "Mr. Socialism USA" of the '70s and '80s somehow feels incomplete and unfulfilled. Perhaps that's because Harrington's mission, program, and ... Read full review

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ONE Community Family and Faith 19281944
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TWO Leaving Home 19441947
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THREE An Awful Lot of Sou1Searching 19471950
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FOUR The Life of a Saint 19511952
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SEVEN The Man Who Discovered Poverty 19601964
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EIGHT Sibling and Other Rivalries 19601965
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ELEVEN Coming to an End 19811989 336
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Page viii - Margaret realized the chaotic nature of our daily life, and its difference from the orderly sequence that has been fabricated by historians.
Page viii - The most successful career must show a waste of strength that might have removed mountains, and the most unsuccessful is not that of the man who is taken unprepared, but of him who has prepared and is never taken. On a tragedy of that kind our national morality is duly silent. It assumes that preparation against danger is in itself a good, and that men, like nations, are the better for staggering through life fully armed. The tragedy of preparedness has scarcely been handled, save by the Greeks.

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