Mark Rudd, Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen (William Morrow, 2010)
If a white person wants to help our cause, ask him what he thinks of John Brown. Do you know what Brown did? He went to war.
Underground is an often engaging book, thanks to Mark Rudd’s honesty, maturity, and sense of humor. He was a privileged middle-class Jewish baby-boomer who went to Columbia University, got radicalized, became committed to ending the U.S. war on Indochina, and escalated his commitment, so he thought, to the faction of the movement that resorted to armed violence. What if, in 1970, Dan Berrigan had been able to sit down (when he was underground) and had a heart to heart with Rudd? Read the rest of this entry »