Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence

Penguin Pr. Apr. 2015. 608p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781594204296. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698170070. HIST
OrangeReviewStarBurrough (special correspondent, Vanity Fair; Public Enemies) performs monumental research to tell the tale of underground revolutionaries in the United States between 1970 and 1985. The author is the first to convey the complete story of the six major terrorist groups during those years in one monograph. Interviewing founding and influential members of the Weatherman (later, Weather Underground), the Black Liberation Army, the Symbionese Liberation Army, Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN), the United Freedom Front, and the Family—as well as FBI agents who pursued these groups—Burrough's narrative provides new and updated information about the actions, participants, outcomes, and punishments meted to these radicals. Included is a "Cast of Characters," which readers will find valuable. Although the stories are told chronologically, this account occasionally reads more like a textbook than a journalistic take owing to its vast number of names, acronyms, and places. However, the concluding bibliography and index provide informative references.
VERDICT While Burrough successfully details the history of these groups, the narrative could be too dense for the layperson. Highly recommended for history buffs, readers who remember these times, and students investigating the latter 20th century. [See Prepub Alert, 10/13/14.]
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