More Powerful Than Dynamite: PART 1 of 2: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York's Year of Anarchy. by Thai Jones

Feb 26, 2018, 01:00 AM


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More Powerful Than Dynamite: PART 1 of 2: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York's Year of Anarchy. by Thai Jones

“Jobless, homeless, hungry, desperate. Remarkable how those words resonate through the years in the richest and most powerful country in world history. Their significance is dramatically highlighted in this compelling and vivid portrayal of the currents that swept the country a century ago, and have come back to haunt and inspire us once again today. More Powerful Than Dynamite is an impressive piece of work.” ―Noam Chomsky

“Almost exactly a century before Occupy Wall Street launched a cause and gripped a nation, a different kind of radical movement in New York City was stirring, stunning, and scaring the country. Thai Jones, a brilliant historian and breathtaking writer, tells this compelling story in MORE POWERFUL THAN DYNAMITE. In his hands, the past is indeed prologue.” ―Samuel G. Freedman, author of Jew Vs. Jew

“New York was as divided by class, race, and ideology a century ago as it is in our own time. That the city actually exploded in 1914 is not surprising. What is surprising is how subtly, persuasively, and imaginatively Thai Jones has interpreted the period and brought a rich cast of characters to life. More Powerful Than Dynamite is an exciting book.” ―Kenneth T. Jackson, Columbia University, editor of The Encyclopedia of New York City

“Thai Jones brings into vivid life a period of American history when the haves and the have nots were close to civil war, a fascinating recreation of people we have forgotten at our own peril. An enjoyable and enlightening read.” ―Marge Piercy, poet, novelist, memoirist

“A compelling and layered portrait of a year, a nation, and a people on the verge, More Powerful Than Dynamite is filled with echoes that clamor in contemporary America. The writing itself is so rich and powerful, the selection of scenes so smart, the details so telling, that it reads like an epic novel.” ―Bill Ayers, co-founder of the Weather Underground and author of Fugitive Day

“[T]his book begins with an intensely dramatic scene, and continues to fascinate the reader right through to the end. We follow a group of people--especially the notorious "Weather" people--who are at the center of the extraordinary events of the Sixties. Abstractions like "radicalism", "pacifism" "violence" are given a human face, as we see the characters in this book struggle, often in troubling ways, for a world free of war and injustice.” ―Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States on A Radical Line

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About the Author

Thai Jones is author of A Radical Line: From the Labor Movement to the Weather Underground, One Family's Century of Conscience. Formerly a reporter for Newsday, he is a graduate of Vassar College and the Columbia School of Journalism, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in U.S. History at Columbia University.