Thursday, April 2, 2015


As a young father of three Carl Oglesby once worked for a defence contractor — the 60s being the 60s — he was soon president of the SDS — Students for a Democratic Society. Almost a half century before our present time opening doors with Cuba, Oglesby was instrumental at building a bridge to the revolutionary state. He could be seen as untrustworthy by his more radical colleagues, called in to be a witness at the Trial for the Chicago 8, to this day he is remembered as giving some of the finest speeches on-foot to the tribe, the movement, the grass roots. This memoir reflects that talent; it's upbeat, and his memory for the time is elegant and sure. He passed away in 2011 somewhat forgotten. The lone rider, Oglesby did for his era as a writer what Clancy Sigal did for his.