This excellent study focusing on the Communist Party, Max Shachtman, Dissent , and the peace movement demonstrates that the left of the 1950s had an important influence on the next generation of American radicals. A central assertion is that "the early new left emerged from the old left in ways that made it difficult to perceive where one ended and the other began." The author believes that while the upheavals of the 1960s resulted from a "complex interaction of demographics, economics, and politics," the actions of an earlier generation of American radicals also had an important influence. A provocative reexamination of postwar American radicalism that will stimulate controversy and further study. Recommended. John R. Sillito, Weber State Coll. Lib., Ogden, Utah
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The author here traces the history of leftist politics in America. "Isserman's provocative theme is the New Left's unacknowledged ties to the Old Left that it has repudiated. His scholarly history is useful in tracing the roots of contemporary U.S. radicalism," praised PW. Illustrated.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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