Journeyman biographical sketches of twelve individuals who were ""committed rebels in their early years, however differently...

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FAMOUS YOUNG REBELS

Journeyman biographical sketches of twelve individuals who were ""committed rebels in their early years, however differently some turned out later in life."" Indeed the connection between such activists as Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Nehru, William Randolph Hearst, Sam Adams and Benito Mussolini is rather obscure, and if you expect to discover some unifying thesis which accounts for the difference between those who persevered in their youthful crusades and those who turned to other paths, then you don't know Archer who simply enjoys writing about non-conformists and does a fairly decent job of it. Unfortunately the lumping together of these twelve portraits tends to create the impression that their disparate passions were nothing more than symptoms of that peculiar state of being under 35 (an age the author prefers to 30 as the cutoff point for idealism). Though Archer offers data on a bargain dozen -- including also Leon Blum, Margaret Sanger, Marcus Garvey, and Lazaro Cardenas -- who may not be otherwise represented in small collections, his approach is inherently superficial.

Pub Date: March 1, 1973

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Page Count: -

Publisher: Messner

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1973