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By Bob Avakian
Spanning the most tumultuous and storied many years of yankee historical past, this account of 1 man's political lifestyles touches on what it takes to steer a revolution and the way one of these chief is made. Bob Avakian, radical activist and communist chief, takes readers into his Nineteen Fifties, middle-class earlier with stories of attending an built-in highschool, an event that profoundly altered his worldview. From there, he lines his course into the heady whirl of Sixties Berkeley, the place he engaged with revolutionaries of all stripes. Revealing insights won from politics, track, activities, learn, and late-night bull-sessions, this dissection of the stories that shaped and educated Avakian appears again at a galvanizing background, and ahead to a potential way forward for progressive switch. His tale deals a unprecedented photo of what it really is prefer to lead a innovative social gathering within the strongest kingdom on this planet.
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My father chose Meade for my middle name in honor of Civil War General George Gordon Meade. I was fortunate to be a second son and for Mother to select the name. I know for a certainty that my father would have selected one of the many zany family names from his life—like Alonzo or Gabriel or Jedediah. To this day, my personal hero is the late Emily Walters Olsen. I am able to write my story because she didn’t give up and because, alongside my father, she shepherded an infant through the agonizing time between womb and first breath.
It was from that same spot at the mouth of Emigration Canyon that my great-great-grandfather Parley P. Pratt, a respected apostle in the early Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a leader of the second wave of Mormon immigrants from Illinois (the group that actually pulled the famous handcarts), got his first look at a fledgling Great Salt Lake City. The Mormons arrived in Utah before the American West, save for Southern California, had been settled and, with a concerted effort, made the desert bloom.
Alonzo’s fiancée, Nellie Melville, and his sister, Edna, both in their late teens, were attending Brigham Young University in Provo. Alonzo was in Provo visiting Nellie and invited Edna to join them on an outing to see the new streamlined passenger train The Flyer as it came through town. For some reason, the three decided to walk on the tracks. Just as Edna stepped onto an iron rail, The Flyer came roaring through the Provo station without slowing. Edna was hit full force by the speeding locomotive and was carried for some distance.
From Ike to Mao and Beyond: My Journey from Mainstream America to Revolutionary Communist by Bob Avakian