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The People Make the Peace

Edited by Karin Aguilar-San Juan & Frank Joyce.

Forty years after the Vietnam War ended, many in the United States still struggle to come to terms with this tumultuous period of U.S. history. The domestic antiwar movement, with cooperation from their Vietnamese counterparts, played a significant role in ending the War, but few have examined its impact until now. In The People Make the Peace, nine U.S. activists discuss the parts they played in opposing the War at home and their risky travels to Vietnam in the midst of the conflict to engage in people-to-people diplomacy.

In 2013, the "Hanoi 9" activists revisited Vietnam together; this book presents their thoughtful reflections on those experiences, as well as the stories of five U.S. veterans who returned to make reparations. Their successes in antiwar organizing will challenge the myths that still linger from that era, and inspire a new generation seeking peaceful solutions to war and conflict today.

Contributors include:
  • Jay Craven
  • Rennie Davis
  • Judy Gumbo
  • Alex Hing
  • Doug Hostetter
  • Frank Joyce
  • Nancy Kurshan
  • Myra MacPherson
  • John McAuliff
  • Becca Wilson

  • You can preview my chapter, "Vietnam Time Travel," and order the book here, or
    by Nancy Walker at Foreword Reviews.

    Edited by Judith Clavir Albert and Stewart Edward Albert, 1984. Available on Amazon.

    Featuring documents of the period by participants such as Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg, H. Rap Brown, Abbie Hoffman, and Robin Morgan, this volume brings together a wide range of material on one of the most turbulent decades in American history. The contributions are divided into five sections, covering ideas influential on the early New Left, the anti-war movement, SDS and Weathermen, the counterculture and Yippies and the the women's movement. The book surveys all the major issues that concerned the sixties generation, and offers a unique documentary history of the period.

    "Even 32 years after its publication, this collection of documents is a marvelous achievement and a wonderful read. Important, crucial and entertaining material is collected in what is a pioneering project to let the 1960s speak for itself."

    — Arthur M. Eckstein
    Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland
    Author - Bad Moon Rising: How the Weather Underground Beat the FBI
    and Lost the Revolution
    (Yale University Press 2016)

    Edited by Kate Farrell, Linda Joy Myers & Amber Lee Starfire; She Writes Press, 2013. Available on Amazon.

    These forty-eight powerful stories and poems etch in vivid detail the breakthrough moments experienced by women during the life-changing era that was the '60s and '70s. And finally, here, they tell it like it was. Their stories range from Vietnam to France, from Chile to England, from the Haight-Ashbury to Greenwich Village, and from the Deep South to the Midwest. They write of cultural reverberations that reached into farm kitchens and city "pads," from coffeehouse jazz clubs to psychedelic rock concerts. This inspiring collection celebrates the women of the '60s and '70s, reminds them of the importance of their legacy, and seeks to motivate young women today.

    Stew Albert; Red Hen Press, 2004. Available on Amazon. Signed copies are available from Judy.

    Stew Albert is an almost-nice Jewish boy who grew up in Brooklyn between World War II and the Cold War. Many of us remember hiding under desks during practice nuclear attacks, but Stew remembers the brass pail in his vestibule filled with white sand in case the Japanese bombed his house and there was a fire. Yes, Stew grew up very bored in Brooklyn-and got out in a hurry. His was the unspectacular childhood of a not-especially-promising kid. He wasn t good at punch ball, spelling, math, geography, or kick-the-can; although he did have some surprising skill swinging a stick at a spaldeen. He wasn t particularly popular nor was he disliked he was invisibly normal. He did, however, have one very distinguishing characteristic: he was, and still is, a very blond Jew. Stew frequently daydreamed about outlaws and tough guys, as did his father, who worked as a city clerk for fifty years. By all rights, Stew should have followed in his old man s footsteps. But instead, we find a young man stoned and hanging-out, in bed with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, shvitzing in the Luxor Turkish Baths with Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, drunk in Santiago, Chile with Phil Ochs and blasted with Allan Ginsberg on a manic drive through San Francisco s hills. An alert CIA agent would have easily recognized our former loser on an Algerian beach acid-tripping with Timothy Leary. Can this childhood mediocrity-outstanding only for his hair color-be the same guy showing off his Chicago riot head wounds to William S. Burroughs? Can it be him amidst the chaotic siege on the Pentagon in 1967, giving a speech to the 82nd Airborne about the Lone Ranger? How did this putz kid reinvent himself? Instead of taking a civil service test, he started taking his daydreams seriously. But why? It must have been the sixties-that brief period of time when everything seemed possible and the future was up for grabs...

    Edited by Judy Clavir and Spitzer, John, Eds. 1970 (Out of Print). Available on Amazon.

    The extended edited transcript of the trial of the Chicago eight.