About the Book

West-Bloc Dissident

West-Bloc Dissident

A Cold War Memoir
March 2002
Trade Paperback · 250 Pages
$15.00 U.S. · €10.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781887128728
Soft Skull Press


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In the 1960s, after four years with IBM and two more with the U.S. State Department, William Blum became a radical dissident. As an insider in two worlds, he is well suited to assess the people, events, and ideology of both the “bourgeois” and “radical” cultures. In West-Bloc Dissident, Blum brings unexpected wit and insight to his portrayals of both sides of the ideological fence. He draws unsparing portraits of his movement comrades Jerry Rubin, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, and others. An anti-war activist, he takes on the CIA, FBI, State Department, and police. Also included are firsthand accounts of everything from the underground press to Salvador Allende’s Chile.

About the Author

William Blum cofounded and edited the Washington Free Press, the capital’s first underground newspaper. He lives in Washington, D.C.