Commies: A Journey through the Old Left, the New Left, and the Leftover Left

By Ronald Radosh
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8.70 Hours 05/01/2008 unabridged
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Ronald Radosh’s earliest memory is of being trundled off to a May Day demonstration by his Communist parents. Radosh grew up in the parallel universe of American Communism, and when he entered the University of Wisconsin in the late 1950s, he became a founding father of the New Left and emerged as one of its leaders in the sixties. But if Commies is an intimate social history of the American Left over the past half-century, it is also a compelling story of a crisis of radical faith. In the early eighties, Radosh wrote the groundbreaking work The Rosenberg File, intending to prove that the martyrs were innocent—but after examining government files, he became convinced of the Rosenbergs’ guilt. As the publication of his book provoked attacks and blacklisting from his former friends in the Left, Radosh began to question his past allegiances.

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Summary

Summary

Ronald Radosh’s earliest memory is of being trundled off to a May Day demonstration by his Communist parents. Radosh grew up in the parallel universe of American Communism, and when he entered the University of Wisconsin in the late 1950s, he became a founding father of the New Left and emerged as one of its leaders in the sixties.

But if Commies is an intimate social history of the American Left over the past half-century, it is also a compelling story of a crisis of radical faith. In the early eighties, Radosh wrote the groundbreaking work The Rosenberg File, intending to prove that the martyrs were innocent—but after examining government files, he became convinced of the Rosenbergs’ guilt. As the publication of his book provoked attacks and blacklisting from his former friends in the Left, Radosh began to question his past allegiances.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“His encounters with Tom Hayden, Staughton Lynd, Herbert Marcuse, Abbie Hoffman, and other celebrities of the anti-Vietnam Left bring back the heady days of ’60s protest.” New York Times
“Radosh’s memoir is a valuable addition to the literature of leftist intellectual disillusionment.” National Review
“Radosh captures well the times and personalities of his journey…He both entertains and engages in this unusual, heartfelt memoir.” Publishers Weekly
“Less than half as long as his friend David Horowitz’s similar Radical Son, Radosh’s memoir is less anguished and less polemical, more personable, and…more readable.” Booklist
“Fascinating.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Ronald Radosh

Ronald Radosh’s books include The Rosenberg File (with Joyce Milton); Divided They Fell: The Demise of the Democratic Party, 1964-1996; and The Amerasia Spy Case: Prelude to McCarthyism. Mr. Radosh lives with his wife and son in the Washington, DC, area.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English