Praise from Professors

Comments from Professors
From Ike to Mao and Beyond, 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, Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion, Princeton University

"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, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Boston University

"The importance of critical thinking is an important theme of From Ike to Mao and Beyond. This approach influenced Bob Avakian's development in the transformation he went through as an individual. . .  As a professor, I and other professors want their students to be critical thinkers.  This book can open people up to an approach of how to look at things with a critical eye."
— Robert Keith Collins, Ph.D., Homalusa: Center for African and Native American Research, Berkeley

"I thought of storytelling, and the way that Native Americans talk about the importance and positive power of storytelling. What I see is a very powerful updating of storytelling of our times. . . Bob Avakian travels a journey from a certain yesterday to a possible tomorrow in From Ike to Mao and Beyond. This diary of hopes and journal of lessons narrates how some youth went from troubling days to challenging actions to sharing dreams. Bob Avakian imagines and knows he is not the only one and he is ready to share dreams, his and ours. His shared experiences, with unflinching candor and generous warmth, are his respects for those of strong heart and clear mind, those ready to do the work of getting to the other side of history."
— Dr. Juan Gomez Quiñones, Professor of History, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

"Even more challenging for this man, whose Armenian youth in California introduced him to American bigotry and discrimination—particularly for African American readers, is the fact that he is white and an uncompromising member of the Revolutionary Communist Party.  If we set aside these possible obstacles, waiting to be discovered is a principled individual whose association with the Black experience provides a different, and, at the same time an interesting way, in which to comprehend certain organizations and their well-known leaders...

"Beyond the compelling ideological and philosophical ruminations from the book's early chapters, when all the fun of football vanishes and he struggles with a dreadful sickness, rests the evidence of Avakian's fortitude and resilience that are hallmarks of his character and integrity."
— Herb Boyd, Professor of African and African American history, College of New Rochelle in Manhattan and national editor of The Black World Today