Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman
Flying Close to the Sun is the stunning memoir of a white middle-class girl from Connecticut who became a member of the Weather Underground, one of the most notorious groups of the 1960s. Cathy Wilkerson, who famously escaped the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion, here wrestles with the
legacy of the movement, at times finding contradictions that many others have avoided: the absence of women’s voices then, and in the retelling; the incompetence and the egos; the hundreds of bombs detonated in protest which caused little loss of life but which were also ineffective in fomenting revolution. In searching for new paradigms for change, Wilkerson asserts with brave humanity and confessional honesty an assessment of her past—of those heady, iconic times—and somehow finds hope and faith in a world that at times seems to offer neither.
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Review: Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a WeathermanUser Review - Ed - Goodreads
Social movement history. Memoir is tough when it's unclear who the audience or what the purpose is supposed to be. Read full review
Review: Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a WeathermanUser Review - Fraser Sherman - Goodreads
Cathy Wilkerson started out as a white, middle-class, somewhat liberal young woman who became involved in the more radical politics of the Students for a Democratic Society, then eventually renounced ... Read full review