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Radioactive Radicals: A Novel of Labor and the Left by Dan La Botz

Radioactive Radicals: A Novel of Labor and the Left

by Dan La Botz

738 pages
Was and Dirk, two 1960s radicals, organize a rebellion in the Teamsters against trucking bosses, corrupt union officials and the Mafia. Dirk tells the story: a decades-long, coast-to-coast trip, through protests, riots, and strikes.

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About the Book
ONE NIGHT AT A METAL scrap company Wes and Dirk killed a Mafioso, by accident they would say. That event will haunt their lives for more than thirty years.

Wes and Dirk, both born in August 1945, were like many in their generation affected by the radiocaesium from the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan that month. The bombs’ radioactive contamination turned them and hundreds of thousands of others into the idealist activists of the 1960s and 1970s who fought for civil rights and against the Vietnam War.

Dirk, who tells the story of their lives, takes the reader on a decades-long, coast-to-coast trip, through protests, riots, and strikes. He and Wes become truckdrivers and help to organize a rebellion in the Teamsters, dealing with trucking company bosses, corrupt union officials, the FBI, and the Mafia. We learn of their love affairs, their marriages, and their infidelities. The country changes, the old movements die, age, yet the fight still goes on. What, Dirk asks, has been the meaning of it all?

 

Reviews
“RADIOACTIVE RADICALS is a vivid, galvanizing portrait of two young radicals thrust into the whirlwind of revolutionary working-class politics from the 1960s to the present. With an unflinching honesty about matters not usually discussed, a knack for explosive revelations, and provocative insights into the psychology of political people as they evolve over decades, Dan La Botz is a gifted storyteller whose twisted narrative leaves one both captivated and a bit shaken.”
- Alan Wald, H. Chandler Davis Collegiate Professor Emeritus, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

 

 

About the Author
Dan La Botz is the author of a dozen books on history and politics as well as two novels. He lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York.

 

 

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