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By David Farber

Exciting and scrupulously researched, Chicago '68 reconstructs the 1968 Democratic conference in Chicago—an epochal second in American cultural and political heritage. via drawing on quite a lot of resources, Farber tells and retells the tale of the protests in 3 diversified voices, from the views of the main protagonists—the Yippies, the nationwide Mobilization to finish the struggle, and Mayor Richard J. Daley and his police. He brilliantly recreates all of the pleasure and drama, the violently charged motion and language of this era of problem, giving lifestyles to the complete set of cultural reviews we name "the sixties."

"Chicago '68 was once a watershed summer season. Chicago '68 is a watershed booklet. Farber succeeds in proposing a delicate, fairminded composite portrait that's right now a version of good narrative historical past and an instance of ways you possibly can stroll the highbrow tightrope among 'reporting one's findings' and delivering decisions approximately them."—Peter I. Rose, Contemporary Sociology

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He was very very good at it. in part because the changes the new style demanded of him were ones he understood and had already begun to live. One of those changes was language. Being a hippie activist meant mastering a new approach to speech and communication. It meant. " and swarms ot images that aimed to share an experience rather than to state a pOSition. As Hoffman put it later: "See like I learned all that shit and then I had to reprogram myself. " More important. Hoffman and his tellow hippie activists began to develop a new kind ot public "happening" -a street theater-that aimed to mobilize both the hippie community and develop the consciousness ot the general public through tocused absurdity, startling put-ons, and straight-ahead community organizing.

Rubin grew up always a little resentful of the more well-to-do Jews who seemed to dominate his small world. Rubin grew up straight without even the rebelliousness that characterized Hoffman's adolescence. He idolized Adlai Stevenson, was a fanatic supporter of the Cincinnati Reds, participated in extracurricular activities, and dedicated himself to his high school newspaper. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati and by 1960 was a very successful reporter for a Cincinnati newspaper, working as a sports reporter and then as "youth" editor.

Rubin attempted to lend Yippie the solid revolutionary credentials he had been known for in Berkeley. He began with the countercultural. The Yippie is, he said, "creating a clean alternative, an underground opposition. He is involved in a cultural revolution. . He is seducing the ten year olds with happenings, community, youth power . . " For his Berkeley readers, members of the most militant community in the country, Rubin spoke directly of political actions the Yippies might pull off in Chicago.

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