In the 1960s, after four years with IBM and two more with the U.S. State Department, William Blum became a radical dissident. As an insider in two worlds, he is well suited to assess the people, events, and ideology of both the bourgeois and radical cultures. In West-Bloc Dissident, Blum brings unexpected wit and insight to his portrayals of both sides of the ideological fence. He draws unsparing portraits of his movement comrades Jerry Rubin, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, and others. As an anti-war activist, he took on the CIA, FBI, State Department, and police, and he exposes all the details In West-Bloc Dissident. Also included are firsthand accounts of everything from the underground press to Salvador Allende's Chile.
"A Very Useful Piece of Work. Daunting in Scope, Important." - Thomas Powers, Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist "A very valuable book. The research and organisation are extremely impressive." - A J Langguth, New York Times