Abbie Hoffman: American Rebel by Marty JezerAbbie Hoffman: American Rebel by Marty Jezer

Abbie Hoffman: American Rebel

byMarty Jezer

Paperback | June 1, 1993

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In this sympathetic history of a maligned decade, Marty Jezer, a fellow antiwar activist, details Abbie Hoffman's humor, manic energy, depressive spells, political skills, & above all, his incurable & still contagious optimism. He presents a thoughtful, solidly researched biography of the wildly creative & iconoclastic Yippie, portraying Hoffman as a fresh force in American political culture. Jezer surveys in detail the politics, philosophies, & struggles of the antiwar movement.

"... Abbie, more than any other radical, showed potheads how to demonstrate and radicals how to dance." -- Chicago Tribune

"... deeply sympathetic and scrupulously detached-a triumph of judicious empathy." -- MARTIN DUBERMAN, Distinguished Professor of History, Lehman/The Graduate School, C.U.N.Y.

"... details Hoffman's humor, manic energy, depressive spells, political skills, and above all, his Incurable and still contagious optimism." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Here's the Abbie I knew and loved! Marty Jezer has captured him in all his complexity, dedication, humor, and heart." -- ANITA HOFFMAN
Marty Jezer (November 21, 1940 – June 11, 2005) was a well-known activist and author, active in the peace, environmental and civil rights movements. He was editor of WIN magazine (Workshop In Nonviolence), from 1962-68, and was a writer for Liberation News Service (LNS). He was active in the nuclear freeze movement, and the organic far...
Title:Abbie Hoffman: American RebelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.97 inPublished:June 1, 1993Publisher:Rutgers University Press

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ISBN - 10:0813520177

ISBN - 13:9780813520179

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The author takes a look into the life of Abbie Hoffman. The focus is on Abbie's life as an activist: the social, cultural, and political milieu in which he worked; the ideas that inspired his work; and what happened to America when he put his ideas into action.

Editorial Reviews

"A thoughtful, solidly researched biography of the wildly creative and iconoclastic yippie, portraying Hoffman as a fresh force in American political culture--and as a man ultimately sabotaged by bipolar disorder (manic-depression), which drove him to extremes and probably led to his suicide. In 1988, Jezer (the children's book Rachel Carson, 1978) ran into Hoffman in an airport. A veteran activist and countercultural journalist who'd known the famed radical from the early hippie days on the Lower East Side until the violent days on the streets of Chicago in 1968, Jezer embraced Hoffman and listened with growing unease as the time-battered yippie ranted on and on about how great everything was going. Hoffman would be dead the next year. From this almost Dostoyevskian image of a radical out of balance, consumed by his own raging misplaced energy (in this case, the hypomanic phase of bipolar disorder), Jezer traces Hoffman's early influences. From the time he was a middle-class Jewish teenager in Worcester, Mass., Hoffman loved to play the rebel street-fighting man. It was the famous humanist psychologist Abraham Maslow, his professor at Brandeis, however, who inspired Hoffman to conceive of political protest as a positive expression, a means of self- actualization. In the ``Yippie!' movement, founded with Jerry Rubin, Hoffman sought to fuse the creativity and individualism of the counterculture with the righteous spirit of the antiwar movement. Here, Hoffman appears as his own best creation--half Lenny Bruce, half political shaman, throwing cash off the balcony of the New York Stock Exchange, trying to levitate the Pentagon, proclaiming himself a member of the ``Woodstock Nation,' not a place but a beautiful, free state of mind. Hoffman--and a whole doomed, inspired era--emerges vividly in this clear-eyed, richly detailed work. (Photographs--24 pages b&w.)"