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Author Burrough, Bryan, 1961- author.

Title Days of rage : America's radical underground, the FBI, and the forgotten age of revolutionary violence / Bryan Burrough.

Published New York, New York : Penguin Press, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  303.484 BURR    AVAILABLE
Physical description xx, 585 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 561-567) and index.
Contents Prologue -- "The revolution ain't tomorrow. It's now. You dig?" : Sam Melville and the birth of the American underground -- "Negroes with guns" : Black rage and the road to revolution -- Weatherman. -- "You say you want a revolution" : the Movement and the emergence of Weatherman -- "As to killing people, we were prepared to do that" : Weatherman, January to March 1970 -- The Townhouse : Weatherman, March to June 1970 -- "Responsible terrorism" : Weatherman, June 1970 to October 1970 -- The wrong side of history : Weatherman and the FBI, October 1970 to April 1971 -- The Black Liberation Army. -- "An army of angry niggas" : the birth of the Black Liberation Army, Spring 1971 -- The rise of the BLA : the Black Liberation Army, June 1971 to February 1972 -- "We got pretty small" : the Weather Underground and the FBI, 1971-72 -- Blood in the streets of Babylon : The Black Liberation Army, 1973 -- The second wave. -- The dragon unleashed : the rise of the Symbionese Liberation Army : November 1973 to February 1974 -- "Patty has been kidnapped" : the Symbionese Liberation Army, February to May 1974 -- What Patty Hearst wrought : the rise of the post-SLA underground -- "The Belfast of North America" : Patty Hearst, the SLA, and the Mad Bombers of San Francisco -- Hard times : the death of the Weather Underground -- "Welcome to Fear City" : the FALN, 1976 to 1978 -- "Armed revolutionary love" : the odyssey of Ray Levasseur -- Bombs and diapers : Ray Levasseur's odyssey, part II -- Out with a bang. -- The Family : the Pan-Radical Alliance, 1977 to 1979 -- Jailbreaks and captures : the Family and the FALN, 1979-80 -- The scales of justice : trials, surrenders, and the Family, 1980-81 -- The last revolutionaries : the United Freedom Front, 1981 to 1984.
Summary 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 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 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 accomplishment of this book is to temper those easy judgments with an understanding of just how deranged these times were. 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 banks and assassinating policemen. 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 about the FBI and its desperate efforts to make the bombings stop.--From publisher description.
Subject United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation -- History -- 20th century.
Radicalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Terrorists -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Terrorism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- History -- 1969-
United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
ISBN 9781594204296 (hbk.)
1594204292 (hbk.)