TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE by Otto- Ed. Butz

TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A Student Look at America: Its Values, Its Society and Its Systems of Education"" is the sub-title of this collection of testimony by the post-Berkeley, post-Civil Rights demonstrations, in medias res Vietnam generation. It is a mixture of embarrassing honesty, clumsy diction, philosophical pretentiousness and shallow social analysis that is overcome by the forcefulness with which they present the problems which plague them, and parent, professor and president as well. Some of these papers are more shocking than others. Most are lost in abstractions that only occasionally strike the key of recognition. All would renovate, restyle if not rebuild the educational institutions--with the exception, one is sure, of San Francisco State which made their current work possible--in which they were imprisoned; all of them, children of ""Blowing in the Wind,"" see themselves in a wider social setting than the ""Silents"" or the ""Beats"" of generations previous. Most of them lack the awareness of history that would give them the perspective to make any of their radical proposals work. It is their sense of life that moves one to keep reading. They have emotions which they are ready to act upon in social situations and they are firebrands, dealing with live coal issues.

Publisher: Harper & Row