From Ike to Mao and Beyond

From Ike to Mao and BeyondFrom Ike to Mao and Beyond

My Journey from Mainstream America
to Revolutionary Communist

a memoir by Bob Avakian

"Bob Avakian is a long distance runner in the freedom struggle against imperialism, racism and capitalism. His voice and witness are indispensable in our efforts to enhance the wretched of the earth. And his powerful story of commitment is timely."
Cornel West
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Bob Avakian has written a memoir containing three unique but interwoven stories. The first tells of a white middle-class kid growing up in '50s America who goes to an integrated high school and has his world turned around; the second of a young man who overcomes a near-fatal disease and jumps with both feet into the heady swirl of Berkeley in the '60s; and the third of a radical activist who matures into a tempered revolutionary communist leader. If you think about the past or if you urgently care about the future ... if you want to hear a unique voice of utter realism and deep humanity ... and if you dare to have your assumptions challenged and your stereotypes overturned ... then you won't want to miss this book. 


"A truly interesting account of Bob Avakian’s life, a humanizing portrait of someone who is often seen only as a hard-line revolutionary. I can understand why Bob Avakian has drawn so many ardent supporters. He speaks to people’s alienation from a warlike and capitalist society, and holds out the possibility for radical change."
Howard Zinn

"…leaves a breathtaking impression."
San Francisco Chronicle

"His memoir is fascinating and inspirational."
— Carol Downer, co-founder, Feminist Women's Health Centers

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"What do you want to be when you grow up? Such is the perennial question posed to each generation. In a child's world the answers are usually simple and predictable: fireman, bus driver, movie star, doctor, sports hero, revolutionary communist. Huh?!? Well, it is unlikely that being a revolutionary when he grew up was the first thing that sprang to Marx's mind. And it certainly did not for Bob Avakian, Chair of the Revolutionary Communist Party. Avakian's fascinating autobiography From Ike to Mao and Beyond: My Journey from Mainstream America to Revolutionary Communist reveals the complexity of a human being seeking to change the world while interpreting life's deepest meanings and contradictions in revolutionary terms." Read more

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List Price: $18.95
ISBN: 0976023628
ISBN13: 9780976023623
Paperback—458 pages, photographs
Size: 6” x 9”