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Monday, April 9, 2018

Max Elbaum presents new edition of 'Revolution in the Air' - May 20th


Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Max Elbaum
reading / signing / Q&A
Revolution in the Air:
Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che
Sunday, May 20th, 4:00pm


Co-sponsored by

“Truly a superb work of scholarship that raises all the right questions.” --Radical History


The sixties were a time when radical movements learned to embrace twentieth-century Marxism. Revolution in the Air is the definitive study of this turning point, and examines what the resistance of today can learn from the legacies of Lenin, Mao and Che.

It tells the story of the “new communist movement” which was the most racially integrated and fast-growing movement on the Left. Thousands of young activists, radicalized by the Vietnam War and Black Liberation, and spurred on by the Puerto Rican, Chicano and Asian-American movements, embraced a Third World oriented version of Marxism. These admirers of Mao, Che and Amilcar Cabral organized resistance to the Republican majorities of Nixon and Ford.

By the 1980s these groups had either collapsed or become tiny shards of the dream of a Maoist world revolution. Taking issue with the idea of a division between an early “good sixties” and a later “bad sixties,” Max Elbaum is particularly concerned to reclaim the lessons of the new communist movement for today’s activists who, like their sixties’ predecessors, are coming of age at a time when the Left lacks mass support and is fragmented along racial lines.

A New, Third Edition of Revolution in the Air rolled off the press April 10, 2018, with a Foreword by Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
 “Max Elbaum has given us an incisive and critical history of the Other New Left – the radicals who brought class struggle and Third World liberation to the forefront, looked to the world for allies, and tried their best to work through the dynamics of race and class. If you still believe sixties radicalism was nothing more than youthful middle-class class confusion or parochial identity politics, then open these pages and dig.” --Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination and Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original


MAX ELBAUM has been involved in peace and anti-racist movements since joining students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in Madison, Wisconsin in the 1960s. He is currently one of the editors of Organizing Upgrade. His writings have appeared in many publications including The Nation, Radical History Review, Z Magazine and the Encyclopedia of the American Left. Between 1995 (when Max started work on Revolution in the Air) and December 2017, Max has run 39 marathons with a personal best time of 3:26:53. Each fall he runs a Marathon for Peace to benefit antiwar and antimilitarist projects, most recently US Labor Against the War.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.




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