Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist

Fugitive Days Memoirs of an Anti War Activist Bill Ayers was born into privilege and is today a highly respected educator and community activist In the late s he was a founder of the militant activist group the Weather Underground Living on t

  • Title: Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist
  • Author: William Ayers Jeff Woodman
  • ISBN: 9781522682547
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Bill Ayers was born into privilege and is today a highly respected educator and community activist In the late 1960s he was a founder of the militant activist group the Weather Underground Living on the run, stealing explosives, and hiding from the law, Ayers was involved in the defining moments of his generation the Days of Rage, SDS, the Black Panthers and the explosiBill Ayers was born into privilege and is today a highly respected educator and community activist In the late 1960s he was a founder of the militant activist group the Weather Underground Living on the run, stealing explosives, and hiding from the law, Ayers was involved in the defining moments of his generation the Days of Rage, SDS, the Black Panthers and the explosion that killed his beloved comrade, Diana Oughton.Fugitive Days tells of these turbulent events, and of the tenacity with which Ayers slowly rebuilt his life after it all came apart Ayers writes openly about his regrets and what he continues to believe was right The result is a profoundly honest account of an incendiary chapter in our history.

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    1. John McCain doesn't care about no washed-up terrorist. I guess I don't either.So, here we have the tell-all memoir from the infamous Bill Ayers, who plotted with Barack HUSSEIN Obama to blow up the Capitol building and replace it with a giant statue of Chairman Mao raping Lady Liberty. Or something like that.Actually, in Fugitive Days, Ayers never comes across as that smart or creative. He talks about getting caught up in the 60s anti-war movement and campaigning to bring an abrupt end to the at [...]

    2. I was soooooooooooo looking forward to reading his account of his years with the Weather Underground group, with whom I've always been fascinated - but I hated his writing style and never did adjust to it. There was something frenetic and unfocused about it that agitated me, and I felt emotionally gypped throughout, like he was holding out somehow. There was some real emotion missing from it – and it makes me wonder how different (and better?) the same account would be if told through the eyes [...]

    3. Bill Ayers is a reactionary elitist tosser and his memoirs read like unconvincing fiction. Ayers claims the Weather Underground weren't terrorists but fails to build any kind of convincing argument to back up this assertion. He talks about students and intellectuals joining the working class (as leaders and educators of course!) as if you could join a social class in the same way that you can join a gym or college fraternity. He uses Stalinist terminology like 'good middle cadre' to describe fel [...]

    4. An amazing autobiography offering a glimpse into the militant anti-war, anti-imperialist resistance group, the weathermen, later known as the weather underground. The book traces Ayers' social consciousness as it develops from a young child to a fugitive "terrorist" through the 70's, through when he and his partner, fellow weather underground leader, Bernardine Dohrn, voluntarily turned themselves in to the FBI in 1980 and even a little into his later life as a norm who tours, lecturing about re [...]

    5. I recently revisited my own experience of the late 60's when I read Rogue River Journal by John Daniel. That book is not directly about the 60's but because that time was an important turning point for Mr. Daniel, he spent some time describing his thoughts and actions. I found he really “got it right” in a way that captured my own experience and mood about that time. “Fugitive Days” does not describe my thoughts at the time or the world I knew. Like Bill Ayers, I opposed the war. It affe [...]

    6. The Weathermen are a staple in the diet of any person who wants to learn about radical social movement in the US. Bill Ayers tells the story of his life both before and after he went Underground. Ayer's tone is at times overly sentamental. I suppose if I went from feeling like I could change the world to being just another average human with leftist views and a lengthy criminal record I would be overly nostalgic too. What I found most interesting about this book were the details of how He and hi [...]

    7. Well told but I needed some sort of companion book that could fill in my gaps of understanding or memory of the surrounding historical details. Enjoyed what was there but I still had so many questions that I wished he'd filled in. Wish Obama didn't have to keep distancing himself from this cool guy.

    8. I was reading this primarily as research for a novel I'm working on, but found it to be an extraordinary piece of writing. Ayers does a wonderful job of capturing the radical spirit of the times, and authentically addresses the issues of activism in a time of political turmoil. I'd say it's more than relevant for the present time.

    9. Beautifully written, introspective look at the making of a man of the sixties and seventies. I was especially interested because that was the time of my own activism, and the politicians recently made much of what we were about then without a lot of accuracy. Good job, this.

    10. Funny, sad, inspirational, depressing and honest account of Bill Ayers' journey from a suburban childhood through the SDS anti-war years and into the world of the Weather Underground.

    11. Perhaps mindful of E.L. Doctorow's sentiment, "History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth", Ayers offers a rearview mirror exposition of his attempts as a twenty-something-year-old to live his answer to "How will you live your life so that it doesn't make a mockery of your values?" with integrity. This question "set me afire -- it rattled in my heart and my head for years to come." "This story is a version [...]

    12. Un libro turbulento, incendiario y atropellado. Imprescindible para entender unos años turbulentos, incendiarios y atropellados. Bill Ayers nos arrastra por pisos francos, huidas permanentes, proyectos revolucionarios y acción directa, sin darnos tiempo a respirar. En algunos momentos la lectura se hace farragosa, por la mezcla de reflexión política y una narración discontinua. Sin embargo resulta fácil dejarse arrastrar por la corriente eléctrica de la historia de unos años irrepetibles [...]

    13. Good read, but I found 'Flying too close to the sun' by Cathy Wilkerson to be far more informative and critical.

    14. I slogged through the first part of this memoir & really only got interested after the Townhouse bombing when Ayers & Dohrn went underground for 10 years. Mostly, I was exasperated by Ayers repeated letting-himself-off-the-hook in regards to Weatherman violence by saying, they were so young then. Well sure young people do stupid things, but when you are older you acknowledge them as stupid. Don't get me wrong. I'm on Ayers side of history. We were right about justice, right about the war [...]

    15. What does one do when one's eyes are opened to injustice? How does one respond to authority when that authority is responsible for repression, oppression and death and does these things in your name?These are some of the fundamental questions that are as relevant today as they were when Bill Ayers answered them by joining movements for racial justice in the 1960s. He eventually became and anti-war activist and helped carry out five bombings of government buildings during the Viet Nam era at a ti [...]

    16. During the 2008 election I tried to read a little about Bill Ayers and the left-wing militant group Weathermen movement. In the post 9-11 I knew how easy it was for people to simply slap the label "terrorist" on something and dig the trenches within our hearts. But was it truthful? As a history buff it is my duty, I feel, to find out all I can before passing a judgement on an event or person in history. So why not start at the source, huh? Bill Ayers is as good as any. Is he some home-grown Osam [...]

    17. This is the book that describes Ayers early involvement in the civil rights and anti-war movement. He started out as an idealistic hippie of sorts and after having the shit kicked out of him at the 1968 democratic convention he evolves to rationalize the use of violence to stop the war. The reasoning was that if the Americans were going to bomb the shit out of N. Vietnam then the Weathermen would fight fire with fire so to speak. His descriptions of the beginning of the SDS and black power movem [...]

    18. I bought the 1st ed. in 2001 and forgot i read it, then bought the recent edition, and there's no discernible difference. He's still somewhat apologetic for being such an elitist radical (he finally recognized how hypocritical it was when he and Diana came to DC to protest, stayed at the luxury apt. of Diana's sister and her boyfriend, Peter Jennings, and lectured them about how they were either "for or against" the Vietnam War and revolution while eating the steak dinner Jennings was paying for [...]

    19. I didn't pick up this book because Bill Ayers has been in the media's eye lately, but instead because it was lying around the house AND he was in the Weather Underground. I've always wanted to understand more about the Weathermen. This gave me one glimpse. He takes us through his upbringing and development to show us why he would have joined the Weathermen. You really get a good sense of the intensity of the times and the desperate helplessness and urgency that people felt in the face of the Vie [...]

    20. As one who lived though the '70's, had a draft card, and would have been drafted had not the war ended, I find the book highly disconcerting. I have read Malcolm X, Eldridge Cleaver, Daniel Ellsberg, and the Pentagon papers, so I don't consider myself naive to the era or the history of the times.I found Ayers description highly disconcerting and I can no more understand the logic it took to endorse and practice the very practices he condemns than I can any militant Muslim terrorist who destroys [...]

    21. I heard Bill Ayers speak about his book on NPR one day and thought I should read it. I was a young mother, living in Anchorage AK when the Vietnam war started. We always got our news late - TV didn't have 24 hour news way back then and the news casts were flown up to AK late in the evenings after being shown in Seattle. There was a little bit of the war on TV but we were so far away from it all. This book was fascinating. Mr. Ayers is a fine writer and this book was more like a novel, a real pag [...]

    22. Ayers seized upon the following as a coda for his life: live your life in a way that won't make a mockery of your values. As we all heard from the campaign, Ayers was a 60's radical active in SDS, then after the days of rage in Chicago in 1969, he went underground as a weatherman. The movement split between those willing to bomb statutes and symbolic actions with the heavies who were determined to inflict real damage to protest the Viet Nam war. Ayers girlfriend Diana was killed in the Greenwich [...]

    23. In his memoir, Bill Ayers describes the decade he spent beginning as a student activist and eventually transforming into a radical as part of the Weathermen. I felt it was an interesting account by Ayers. You get a sense of what went through his head during that time and why he and others were convinced they needed to go to extreme measures in order to fight what they felt were injustices. Whether or not you agree with their philosophies and/or the course they decided to take, it’s still an in [...]

    24. The subtitle is "Memoirs of an Antiwar Activist," and though I was actively against the Vietnam War, I wasn't an activist, but this brought me back to those terrible and wonderful times. I volunteered at the Children's Community School in Ann Arbor when Bill Ayers was the director, so I read this partly to see what his life had become in his years underground and after. But I think it would be a compelling and instructive read for many people, and I was impressed by his honesty about both the do [...]

    25. This book made me think about memories in an entirely new way. What is real? Memories in themselves are a form of reality: a mix of emotions, thoughts, rationalizations. I have a big case of 60s and 70s envy and this book added a huge bucket of kerosene to the fire. I finished feeling happy to be young and alive. I read it during the election when all the b.s. about Ayers was going around. In that regard, it was enlightening only because I'd never really heard of the guy before. The book doesn't [...]

    26. Just spent 20 minutes writing a review of this book, only to have it disappear into thin air. Never trusting this damn system again.Long story short, Ayers's writing gets way cheesy way too many times in this book. But it was a decent read. The most interesting piece of the book is this unacknowledged tension of his puffy-chested, macho giddiness in recounting the details of bombing the Pentagon or living life on the lam and his thoughtful criticism of the New Left's turn towards rigid, unquesti [...]

    27. "fugitive days" was an absolutely fantastic read, and i'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in the weather underground and sixties counterculture. ayers' focus relies more on the emotional mindset he found himself in during his time in sds and underground and less on strict biographical detail, which strengthens the overall impact of the story that he's trying to tell. i've read plenty of well-researched books on the weather underground and the turbulent times of the late '60s, and "fugit [...]

    28. While he is obviously a committed intellectual, William Ayers demonstrates himself to be a thoroughly disorganized personality. His beliefs and actions, as portrayed in the book, demonstrate themselves to be a passionately and hastely constructed worldview in which he fails himself through schizophrenic and poorly executed reasoning. It is refreshing that he claims his political views even though they have not been accepted by even a minority of Americans. It is curious that his presence at the [...]

    29. Self-serving crap. Ayers inadvertently describes himself as being in a terrorist cult - the Weather Underground, but his brain was not sufficiently washed of cultish ideas after his anticlimactic "surrender." The saving grace of this book is that its publication date was September 11, 2001, thus assuring that no one will read it sympathetically.

    30. I can't help but reflect on the maxim "One man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist." I don't mean that in a back handed way. The lens we choose to look at our behavior, and the behavior of others becomes the mark, the definition of what is on the side of good and what is on the side of "evil."I particularly enjoyed Ayers reflections on his days an a community organizer and his efforts in the Civil Rights movement. I think there are lessons for all of us in here.

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