Young Radicals

by McCarter, Jeremy (Author)

ISBN: 9780812993059

From the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, the stunning story of five American radicals fighting for their ideals as the country goes mad around them Where do we find our ideals? What does it mean to live for them--and to risk dying for them? For Americans during World War I, these weren't abstract questions. Young Radicals tells the story of five activists, intellectuals and troublemakers who agitated for freedom and equality in the hopeful years before the war, then fought to defend those values in a country pitching into violence and chaos. Based on six years of extensive archival research, Jeremy McCarter's dramatic narrative brings to life the exploits of Randolph Bourne, the bold social critic who strove for a dream of America that was decades ahead of its time; Max Eastman, the charismatic poet-propagandist of Greenwich Village, whose magazine The Masses fought the government for the right to oppose the war; Walter Lippmann, a boy wonder of socialism who forged a new path to seize new opportunities; Alice Paul, a suffragist leader who risked everything to win women the right to vote; and John Reed, the swashbuckling journalist and impresario who was an eyewitness to--and a key player in--the Russian Revolution. Each of these figures sensed a moment of unprecedented promise for American life--politically, socially, culturally--and struggled to bring it about, only to see a cataclysmic war and reactionary fervor sweep it away. A century later, we are still fighting for the ideals these five championed: peace, women's rights, economic equality, freedom of speech--all aspects of a vibrant American democracy. The story of their struggles brings new light and fresh inspiration to our own. Advance praise for Young Radicals "McCarter's prose is engaging, moving, and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny. Recommended for young radicals today who want to understand past attempts to change the world in the face of repression."--Library Journal (starred review) "In this poetic, impassioned book, written with a fierce moral urgency, Jeremy McCarter conjures up a clutch of brilliant dreamers--poets, feminists, journalists, and political rebels--whose freewheeling ideas collided with the carnage of World War I and the repressive atmosphere of the postwar Red Scare."--Ron Chernow, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Alexander Hamilton "Jeremy McCarter's gripping exploration of what drives young people toward revolutionary acts, in even the most desperate days, could not be more relevant to our current political moment."--Rebecca Traister, New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies "Jeremy McCarter's compelling work on these early twentieth-century American activists provides much-needed perspective and insight. Engaging, thought-provoking, and wonderfully intimate, this book should inspire artists, writers, activists, and anyone who values peace and justice in a time of conflict and war."--Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and New York Times bestselling author of Just Mercy "Young Radicals is a highly dramatic, beautiful, and precise story of incredibly brave young people encountering bigotry, greed, ignorance, fear, and murderous rage, all the usual enemies of hope, decency, generosity of spirit, clarity, and courage of thought."--Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angels in America and Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Lincoln

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Random House, June 2017

Product Dimensions: 9.5 L × 6.5 W × 1.3 H

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