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Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence

Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence

Bryan Burrough

Language: English

Pages: 608

ISBN: 0143107976

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


From the bestselling author of Public Enemies and The Big Rich, an explosive account of the decade-long battle between the FBI and the homegrown revolutionary movements of the 1970s
 
The Weathermen. The Symbionese Liberation Army. The FALN. The Black Liberation Army. The names seem quaint now, when not forgotten altogether. But there was a time in America, during the 1970s, when bombings by domestic underground groups were a daily occurrence. The FBI combated these and other groups as nodes in a single revolutionary underground, dedicated to the violent overthrow of the American government.
 
In Days of Rage, Bryan Burrough re-creates an atmosphere that seems almost unbelievable just forty years later, conjuring a time of native-born radicals, most of them “nice middle-class kids,” smuggling bombs into skyscrapers and detonating them inside the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol, at a Boston courthouse and a Wall Street restaurant packed with lunchtime diners. The FBI’s fevered response included the formation of a secret task force called Squad 47, dedicated to hunting the groups down and rolling them up. But Squad 47 itself broke many laws in its attempts to bring the revolutionaries to justice, and its efforts ultimately ended in fiasco.
 
Drawing on revelatory interviews with members of the underground and the FBI who speak about their experiences for the first time, Days of Rage is a mesmerizing book that takes us into the hearts and minds of homegrown terrorists and federal agents alike and weaves their stories into a spellbinding secret history of the 1970s.

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[Jackson] turning himself in is the answer. But to keep running seems futile. In the end, jail or death is the resolution. So why postpone it?” Both the FBI and the NYPD, now working together, sensed the momentum shifting. “In my view, the BLA (and related groups) are hard pressed to find the type of ‘home base’ support they need to conduct their terrorist tactics at this time,” New York’s police commissioner, Don Cawley, wrote in a memo to his top men on May 30. “In short, they are on the run

of cross between Malcolm and Barry White, an angry, charismatic lover man with his own revolutionary spin on hoary black stereotypes. Cleaver viewed blacks as sexual supermen, envied by whites and too often rejected by uppity black women. And, like Huey Newton, he argued that the most genuine “revolutionaries” were those who were most oppressed: black prison inmates and gangbangers—an idea that appealed strongly to white radicals yearning for a taste of black authenticity. Unlike Stokely

welling in her eyes. Rosa and Simone stared at their feet. “We’ll probably be close by you,” Gros said from the ground. “Give the men Grandma’s number. You remember it, don’t you? Don’t let your sisters out of your sight. Stay together. And be brave.” The agents hustled the three little girls into the back of a squad car. Carmen rolled down the window, pushed back her long brown hair, and, as the car moved away, yelled, “I’ll be brave, Mommy.” • • •  They arrested Laaman and Curzi and

briefcase, and two agents were assigned to photograph the apartment. In most cases the FBI burglars were able to finish their tasks in thirty minutes or less. Still, such tactics made many agents uncomfortable, few more so than William Dyson. “We were going to end up with FBI agents arrested,” he remembers thinking at the time. “Not because what they did was wrong, but because nobody knew what was right and wrong.” J. Edgar Hoover sensed this as well. After Nixon approved the Huston Plan,

the demonstrations, the sit-ins, the meetings, the sense that the world was changing and she was helping make it happen. “This country’s about to go through a revolution,” Melville told her. “I expect it to happen before the decade is over. And I intend to be a part of it.” Jane threw herself into the brave new world of radical politics with a convert’s zeal, taking the job at Rat Subterranean News. She and Melville moved in together, renting an apartment on East Eleventh Street. It was there,

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