Friday, September 30, 2011

Troublemaker by Bill Zimmerman (Doubleday 2011)

Bill Zimmerman, a principal in Zimmerman and Markman, Inc., the political consulting firm that played a critical role in the passage of California's Proposition 215 in 1996 (the Compassionate Use Act for medical marijuana), has written a fabulous memoir, Troublemaker: A Memoir from the Front Lines of the Sixties. (Doubleday, 2011).

Zimmerman's story of his full engagement in the 1960s and 1970s is an outstanding page-turner of a memoir. This brilliant and courageous man was repeatedly in the center of the action of that chaotic time -- working intensely and constructively for civil rights, for peace and for justice. If you want to understand the 1960s, and the kind of men and women who made it the cultural and political watershed that it is, you must indulge in the pleasure of reading this book.

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