[Marxism] Best political memoirs

Ethan Young ethanyoung at earthlink.net
Thu Feb 16 00:14:00 MST 2012

Charles Shipman's It Had To Be Revolution: Memoirs of an American Radical (Cornell, 1993) is the story of a Columbia student who went from the Village bohemian set, to WW1 opponent, to Fosterite in the CPUSA, to Comintern agent, to the thick of the union movement in Chicago, then slipping quietly out of the movement into the business world. Lots of incredible historic cameos - from Lenin to Dorothy Day to I.F. Stone. Also a great compliment to Theo Draper's CPUSA studies.

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