American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation, by Michael Kazin
The definitive history of the reformers, radicals, and idealists who fought for a different America, from the abolitionists to Michael Moore and Noam Chomsky.
Deeply informed, judicious and impassioned, and superbly written, this is an essential book for our times and for anyone seeking to understand political history and the people who made it.
“American Dreamers is Michael Kazin's bid to reclaim the left's utopian spirit for an age of diminished expectations. An editor at Dissent magazine and one of the left's most eloquent spokesmen, Kazin presents his book as an unapologetic attempt to give the left a history it can celebrate. . . . - The New York Times
“Illuminating. . . . Kazin's ambition is to illustrate and argue, and he does both with exemplary skill. . . . A work of honest rigour. . . . Kazin understands the limitations of the left, its self-destructive divisions, its difficulty in establishing an American presence within an international movement. . . . It is, to say the least, timely.” —Los Angeles Times