Ravens in the Storm: A Personal History of the 1960s

Ravens in the Storm: A Personal History of the 1960s


Ravens in the Storm: A Personal History of the 1960s Anti-War Movement ❮EPUB❯ ✺ Ravens in the Storm: A Personal History of the 1960s Anti-War Movement Author Carl Oglesby – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk In 1964 Carl Oglesby a young copywriter for a Michigan based defense contractor was asked by a local Democratic congressman to draft a campaign paper on the Vietnam War Oglesby's report argued that th In Carl the Storm: eBook ↠ Oglesby a young copywriter for a Michigan based defense contractor was asked by a local Democratic congressman to draft a campaign paper on the Vietnam War Oglesby's report argued that the conflict was misplaced and unwinnable He had little idea that its subseuent publication would put him on a fast track to becoming the president of the now legendary Ravens in PDF \ protest movement Students for a Democratic Society SDS In this book Oglesby shares the triumphs and tribulations of an organization that burgeoned across America only to collapse in the face of surveillance by the US government and infightingAs an SDS leader Oglesby spoke on the same platform as Coretta Scott King and Benjamin Spock at the storied antiwar demonstration in Washington DC in the Storm: MOBI ï He traveled to war ravaged Vietnam and to the international war crimes tribunal in Scandinavia where he met with Jean Paul in the Storm: A Personal Kindle - Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir He helped initiate the Venceremos Brigade which dispatched thousands of American students to bring in the Cuban sugar harvest He reluctantly participated in the protest outside the Democratic National Convention and was a witness for the in the Storm: A Personal Kindle - defense at the trial of the Chicago Seven the following year Eventually after extensive battles with those in SDS who saw its future as a vanguard guerrilla group than as an open mass movement Oglesby was drummed out of the organization Shortly after it collapsed when key members of its leadership uit to set up the Weather UndergroundThis beautifully written and elegiac memoir is rich in contemporary echoes as America once again must come to terms with an ill conceived military adventure abroad Carl Oglesby warns of the destructive frustrations of a peace campaign unable to achieve its goals But above all he captures the joyful liberation of joining together to take a stand for what is right and just the soaring and swooping of a protest movement in full flight like ravens in a storm.

  • cloth
  • 352 pages
  • Ravens in the Storm: A Personal History of the 1960s Anti-War Movement
  • Carl Oglesby
  • English
  • 09 October 2016
  • 9781416547365

10 thoughts on “Ravens in the Storm: A Personal History of the 1960s Anti-War Movement

  1. Alex Alex says:

    Carl Oglesby former high level security worker for a defense contractor turned SDS President writes a personal view of SDS and the movement against the Vietnam War that is insightful amusing and cutting However Oglesby has a clear bias and it's hard to know how much of his account which is largely based on his memory of various heated conversations is completely fair or accurate Also Oglesby's account ends up being depressing than inspiring as he falls into some pessimism about the prospects for movement building largely based on his experience of SDS cannibalizing itselfWorth reading though mostly because it's a uick and interesting read that cuts through a lot of bullshit about the romantic 60s and hits the reality of war and social change with simple and rough wordsOglesby reviews his rise to power in SDS straight out of working for Bendix Corporation and how years later this fact was used by the RYMWeatherman faction to create suspicion and have him expelled from SDS' National Council not Marxist Leninist enough The Weathermen are definitely the villians in this retelling probably to a highly exaggerated degree but not for bad reasons He also explores how his relations with his family including his wife and children and separately his Southern family were strained by his movement activism and non stop work against the war and how this related to his strong conviction that the movement needs to appeal to ordinary people who don't already agree with us and not alienate them with radical than thou posturingAnyway it's worth reading for the SDS history but don't expect to be blown away I'm following this up with reading Cathy Wilkerson's memoir David Gilbert's book No Surrender and Dan Berger's Outlaws of America to get a well rounded retelling of SDS' history I also recommend SDS by Kirkpatrick Sale which is the most detailed overview

  2. Jeni Pandolfi Jeni Pandolfi says:

    I had heard about Carl Oglesby I had read a lot about The Weathermen Underground and the SDS But I had never delved deeply into Oglesby's politics This man is right on point Reading this is like taking a walk straight into his head and what a great place to be

  3. David David says:

    excellent thought provoking memoir by the man who was possibly the best leader of SDS

  4. Tommy Tommy says:

    A personal narrative of the rise and fall of the SDS an easier read than Kirkpatrick Sales academic tome on it Touchs on stuff like Bertrand Russells war crimes trial the Chicago Seven case COINTELPRO etc Oglesby wants to present himself as a radical centrist since he had no problem just getting ideas across to elite decision makers instead of trying to ferment violent revolution A central claim is the militant Marxist Leninists that seized control intellectually weren't much different from the Christian fundamentalists in his familyOnce the war was over the Weathermen were out of work their shared fantasy in ruins If I could have been a fly on the wall at any single private rap session from this period it would be the one in which the Weathermen gathered to confess to one another that the revolution was not going to take placeSDS too of course had long since been done for or as Ford said of the Vietnam War itself finishedIn a 1960s world without the Vietnam War the intellectual task of SDS would have been to reimagine the democratic leftIts political task would have been to redefine the interests of what traditional radical thought dismissed as the middle class even as an increasingly high tech economy was turning this class into a new proletariat and making its brainpower central to production The original SDS had seen its natural constituency as this new working class and had been far from thinking of itself as revolutionary Following the lead of the black civil rights movement it had advocated direct action but had remained explicitly democratic reformist and nonviolent As the House Committee on Internal Security put it in its surprisingly objective almost admiring report on SDS in 1970 As long as it was self disciplined and dedicated to the peaceful pursuit of sincere social concerns as long as it encouraged orderly dissent it held the potential for making a useful contribution to American lifeBut Vietnam imposed its own imperative and SDS became in effect a single issue antiwar organization finally to be driven by the Weathermen to a self destructive espousal of violence an adventurism born of an almost willful ignorance of historyI cannot say we had much freedom of choice There was no way that SDS could have avoided the war Like everyone else we came upon the war as a terrible accident burning in the road an event without logic but inescapably right there in front of us We just had to jump in and do what we could

  5. David Ward David Ward says:

    Ravens in the Storm A Personal History of the 1960's Antiwar Movement by Carl Oglesby Scribner 2008 DS55962 Carl Oglesby was working for a defense contractor in the early 1960's He wrote a political position paper at the reuest of a local candidate for office which led him to the position of president of the Students For Democratic Society or the SDS as it was known on campuses across the country At the time of its creation it was one of the largest and most influential political protest organizations in the country Carl Ogelsby was there for most of the main protests of the 1960's He once shared a platform with the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr He eventually was forced out of the SDS by a rival faction but then the SDS suddenly lost most of its power and influence when its leadership resigned en masse to create a proactive and reactive political arm of the young which was known as the Weather Underground or “The Weathermen” The name Weathermen was lifted from a Bob Dylan lyric “You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” This is Carl Ogelsby's back story My rating 610 finished 92216

  6. Mark Mark says:

    Carl Oglesby is probably open of the few antiwar leaders of the 1960's I feel any true empathy with besides David Harris This book is an eye opener What is particularly galling besides the fact that Nixon and Kissinger never paid for their carnage was that Bernadine Dohrn never took any real heat either As Oglesby said she existed in a state of a willful ignorance of historyThe Weathermen wanted to bring the full force of Nixon's minions down upon themselves and by extension the entire decent population of 60's 70's counterculture With her jiveass Marxism speaking Marxese and bloody minded obsession with making terror an instrument of the antiwar left she did to screw things up than she could ever have put right And since Oglesby was a contemporary intimate of hers the conversations he records with her are the best indictment of her fascist personality I've yet encountered And she WAS a fascist Look The problem for any of us sincere war resisters was ANYONE with a gun Anyone with a gun in their hand and hate in their heart it didn't matter to us if they were pig blue grunt green or Panther black it didn't matter whatsoever other than where were they coming from what was their intentionBernadine Dohrn was perhaps the most pigheaded idiot to walk the American scene since Lizzie Borden Carrie Nation So nothing at all will ever get me to apologize for this absolute revulsion I feel in contemplating that she and her terrorist husband Bill Ayers never paid for their terrorist intentions The hypocritical spoiled well off children of the middle class who called themselves revolutionary yet ate their dogma straight from the totalitarian troughs of Mao and Lenin were legends in their on minds Bernadine cheered the Manson murders How much disgusting cretinous can you get? So read this book and find out why draft resisters like myself would never in a hundred years cop to getting any political education off the Weathermen Oglesby had real ideals he never let go of and for this the kangaroo court of political correctness took him off the SDS leadership conseuently sinking the organization on a Ship of Fools built of Weatherman bombs allowing J Eager Beaver and his G string patriotic warriors the benefit of the doubt to a nation which sorely needed the kind of political education Oglesby attempted to bring them regarding Vietnam

  7. Emily Emily says:

    The 1960s Anti War movement is something that's always been vaguely of interest to me but I've never seriously studied it so I picked up this book as an introduction to the historyThat was a mistake on my part because it's not a history; as the title indicates it's a personal history or a memoir of Carl Oglesby's involvement in the SDS Oglesby started out as a technical writereditor for a defense subcontractor got vaguely involved in politics by a circuitous route and subseuently discovered through research that the Vietnam war was a really really dumb idea The 'ravens' in the title refer to Oglesby's characterization of himself and others as neither a hawk nor a dove not a pacifist for the sake of pacifism but opposed to stupid and unwinnable wars Oglesby eventually found himself elected president of the Students for a Democratic Society writing and delivering anti war speeches staging nonviolent protests traveling to Vietnam and Cuba and trying to bring moderates and even conservatives into the movement This as the movement was radicalizing itself beginning to make overt appeals to Marxism and revolution and violence I feel like this book would be better appreciated by someone with a solid grounding in the relevant background and history because there were many points where I wished for context information instead of some level of assumed knowledge The book is clearly one person's individual point of view and while it's always calm measured and politically moderate it doesn't uite strive for objectivity In some ways it feels like long after the fact persuasion and editorializing and self justification than mere recollection of the eraThat said it's a fascinating story I loved reading about the divisions within the movement the conflict between moderation and radicalism especially since I am sometimes eually tempted by both sides And it's scarily timely to read a book that deals with paranoid administrations fighting unpopular and unwinnable wars

  8. Akiva Akiva says:

    I picked up Ravens at the library on the strength of its cover and didn't managed to put down An enthralling memoir of the late 1960s and early 1970s I learned so much history reading this book of people and events that I had heard of but didn't know in detail or didn't know were contemporary I now intend to pick up some of the other books Oglesby suggestsThe book is not perfect for one as with all autobiographical works I'd be interested to hear whether the people who appear in the book feel it's faithful to events For another it's occasionally repetitive to the point that entire sentences were somehow transplanted wholesale to the third part of the book Each chapter is organized chronologically but the book as a whole jumps back and forth a bit which can get confusing This would be justifiable if the theme of each chapter was tighterBut don't let my nitpicks get in the way If you've ever had any interest in the anti war movement this is a fascinating introduction and analysis spiced with personal anecdoted that run the gamut from hilarious to tragic I am much too young to remember the '60s but I always wished I could have been there; thus I'd be interested to hear what people who were there have to say about Ravens

  9. Nathan Nathan says:

    Insofar as this is a firsthand account of grassroots activism on behalf of peace and social justice it's invaluable Unfortunately Oglesby comes off as an insufferable tool even in his own book Too much of this account is boring and irritating self justification so that the truly engaging bits relating the turmoil of the age and the struggle for change it entailed are mere sideshows to a political prima donna desperately trying to make us care about his incoherent me against everything political philosophy

  10. Frank Frank says:

    A couple of minor editorial slips reminded me that Oglesby can be an unreliable narrator For example he called Eugene McCarthy the Wisconsin Senator Well Joe McCarthy was from Wisconsin Gene was from some place further west Minnesota maybe It's a good book but Oglesby definitely was definitely a creature of his time bourgeois sexist white privileged middle class male that he was his heart was in the right place regarding ending the war in Vietnam

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