Bill Mandel

Hunter Gray hunterbadbear at earthlink.net
Mon Dec 30 16:49:33 MST 2002


The articulate and essentially very civil discussion bubbling and swirling
about Bill Mandel on Marxism is interesting to me.  Bill, who is a very
active and welcome presence on the two lists that I "own" and "manage"
-- Redbadbear and Marxist -- has also become a very good friend.
I respect him highly.

I would identify myself as a Left socialist.  But, whether one
agrees in whole or in part with Bill -- or disagrees altogether -- he
happens to have spent most of the Twentieth Century in some extremely
fascinating places globally and, more than that, has helped make some very
significant history himself.  I had heard of him, and very well indeed, from
the late '50s onward.  My wife, Eldri, and I have read his latest -- and
very full book, SAYING NO TO POWER.  It is 651 lucid and depthy and
thoroughly exciting pages covering not only most of the 20th Century -- but
a hell of a big piece of the globe as well.  We are amazed at how many
mutual touch-points there are therein -- as well as in our day-to-day
conventional list dialogue with Bill.  I very recently finished another fine
book of his, SOVIET BUT NOT RUSSIAN, and it's one hell of  fascinating trip
into a rich array of ethnicities and cultures. [And the chapter, "Indians,"
Eskimos, and Islamic Nomads" -- is, well, my kind of favorite chapter!]

We give his work top marks.  His commitment to justice is vigorous and most
enduring.

Here is Bill's statement on his latest book -- and how to secure it.

Hunter [Hunterbear]
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My autobiography, SAYING NO TO POWER (Introduction by Howard Zinn),
is a history of how the American people fought to defend and expand its
rights since the 1920s, employing the form of the life story of one who
was involved in most serious movements: student, labor, peace with the
USSR, civil rights South and North, 37 years on Pacifica Radio, civil
liberties (you may hear/see my testimony before the witch-hunters (used
in six films thus far) on my website, http://www.billmandel.net ,
and the feminist movement, although I am male. My activities began in
1927. I am 85. My 5 previous books were all used in higher education. I
have taught at six universities, including Stanford and UC Berkeley. The
book is available through all normal sources. For an autographed copy,
send me $23 at 4466 View Pl.,#106, Oakland, CA. 94611
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Hunter Gray  [Hunterbear]
www.hunterbear.org
Protected by Na´shdo´i´ba´i´
and Ohkwari'

In our Gray Hole, the ghosts often dance in the junipers and sage, on the
game trails, in the tributary canyons with the thick red maples, and on the
high windy ridges -- and they dance from within the very essence of our own
inner being. They do this especially when the bright night moon shines down
on the clean white snow that covers the valley and its surroundings.  Then
it is as bright as day -- but in an always soft and mysterious and
remembering way. [Hunterbear]








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