In this sequel to Fugitive Days, Ayers charts his life after the Weather Underground, when he becomes the GOP’s flaunted “domestic terrorist,” a “public enemy.” Labeled a "domestic terrorist" by the McCain campaign in 2008 and used by the radical right in an attempt to castigate Obama for "pallin' around with terrorists," Bill Ayers is in fact a dedicated teacher, father, and social justice advocate with a sharp memory and even sharper wit.
Public Enemy tells his story from the moment he and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, emerged after years on the run and rebuilt their lives as public figures, often celebrated for their community work and much hated by the radical right. In the face of defamation by conservative media, including a multimillion-dollar campaign aimed solely at demonizing Ayers, and in spite of frequent death threats, Bill and Bernardine stay true to their core beliefs in the power of protest, demonstration, and deep commitment.
Ayers reveals how he has navigated the challenges and triumphs of this public life with steadfastness and a dash of good humor - from the red carpet at the Oscars, to prison vigils and airports (where he is often detained and where he finally "confesses" that he did write Dreams from My Father), and ultimately on the ground at Grant Park in 2008 and again in 2012.
Bill Ayers was thrust into the national spotlight during the 2008 presidential campaigns when Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin stated that Barack Obama was "pallin' around with terrorists", noting his friendship with Ayers, co-founder of the 1960s radical group The Weather Underground. In Public Enemy, Ayers details his life under public scrutiny with honesty and a refreshing amount of humor. Jeff Woodman contributes to the candor with a forthright and dignified performance that shows Ayers, a dedicated educator and activist, as a man who stuck to his principles even as he became a product of scorn by American conservatives.
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Anatomy of a Witch Hunt
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK! SNORE!!!
WHAT is this "book"??? I want my money back! For the last hour he's been dribbling on and on in watch paint dry on the wall details about what an innocent he and his wife or partner are or are not. I want my money back!
NOTHING by Bill Ayers
Leave out all of the minute, nauseating every day detail, we get it, you're innocent and you have day care employment to prove it.
WHATEVER you do, do not buy this "book" you will have more fun sitting on a tack and learn more watching Gilligan's Island
- L. Melby