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Book Title: The Strawberry Statement: Notes of a College Revolutionary|
The author of the book: James S. Kunen
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.52 MB
Date of issue: August 3rd 1995
ISBN 13: 9781881089520
Read full description of the books The Strawberry Statement: Notes of a College Revolutionary:I lived a pretty sheltered suburban life in the Midwest when James S. Kunen was going to college at Columbia (NY) in the late '60s. I was some years younger than the author but sure remember the times...and yeah, "they were a changin'".
I re-read "The Strawberry Statement" over this past weekend for some reason...guess I just am nostalgic about the late '60s. Kunen sure nailed that time period of revolutions, sit-ins, love-ins, hassles with the police (I hate to use the term "pigs"...but that was what they were mostly called), working with the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) wanting to change the government for the better, protesting against the war in Vietnam, etc. all during 1968-69. The author was living all of this when he wrote his book in diary style...and he wrote it with great intelligence and humor for a young man of 19 yrs. Even then, Kunen had an open mind and still professed love for his country even as he wanted to change what he saw wrong with it. So...I ask you...what is wrong with that?
A wonderful, remarkable read for anyone wanting to find out what life was like in the late '60s for a young college student of 19 yrs. old trying to discover who he was, what he wanted to do with his life & what he could do to make life better for everyone. The book is still applicable in today's world...although today we are sadly missing Hendrix, Joplin, the Kennedy's, King...
More nostalgia on my part...not connected with this book since Woodstock was never mentioned and happened after the events written in "Strawberry Statement". I'd have been pretty young to head to Yasgur's Farm to attend Woodstock at that time...but I sure wanted to go...:> My mom would have never let me out of the house again if I'd attempted that "trip"…grounded for life! Scares me to think on it now...but she was right.
My paperback copy of "Strawberry Statement" is pretty old and brittle but it's still one of my favorite books and one I can go back to again & again and never tire of reading it. I recommend that you read it, too...you won't be sorry.
Read information about the authorJames S. Kunen is the author of popular and critically praised books that grapple with legal and political issues in a personal way. A prize-winning journalist, he is best known for his 1968 memoir, The Strawberry Statement: Notes of a College Revolutionary—his account of the antiwar student strike at Columbia. It has been translated into four languages and widely used in college history and writing courses. MGM’s film version of the book won the Jury Prize at the 1970 Cannes Film Festival.
Graduating from Columbia in 1970, Kunen was sent to Vietnam by True magazine to write a series of articles, which led to his book Standard Operating Procedure: Notes of a Draft-Age American (1971).
After working as a freelance journalist, Kunen earned his juris doctor degree from the New York University School of Law and joined the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where he moved from misdemeanor cases to representing people accused of serious crimes, including murder. He recounted his experiences in ‘How Can You Defend Those People?’: The Making of a Criminal Lawyer (1983).
Returning to journalism, Kunen worked as an op-ed editor for Newsday, a contributing writer for Time magazine, and a featured writer and senior editor for news at People magazine, where he reported and wrote cover stories on Donald Trump, Tawana Brawley and Abbie Hoffman, among others. His reporting on a tragic school-bus crash led him to write a book, Reckless Disregard: Corporate Greed, Government Indifference, and the Kentucky School Bus Crash (1994).
Kunen left People in 2000 to serve as a director of corporate communications at Time Warner Inc. in New York City, where, among other things, his job was to maintain employee morale during the company’s merger with AOL and the rounds of layoffs that followed. In 2008, after being laid off himself, he embarked on a search for meaningful work that led him to his current position teaching English as a Second Language at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, N.Y. He describes the journey from corporate PR man to teacher of immigrants in his new memoir, Diary of a Company Man: Losing a Job, Finding a Life.
Kunen’s Time magazine cover story on the resegregation of America’s schools won him a First Place in Features award from the New York Association of Black Journalists and an award for reporting in education from Unity Awards in Media. As a freelance writer, he has written for The Atlantic, Esquire, GQ, Harper’s, New York, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Magazine, and other leading publications. He was a columnist for a national magazine, New Times.
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