Blood on the Tracks

Blood on the Tracks

The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson : A Psychohistorical Memoir

Book - 2011
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After serving in the Vietnam War, S. Brian Willson became a radical, nonviolent peace protester and pacifist, and this memoir details the drastic governmental and social change he has spent his life fighting for. Chronicling his personal struggle with a government he believes to be unjust, Willson sheds light on the various incarnations of his protests of the U.S. government, including the refusal to pay taxes, public fasting, and, most famously, public obstruction. On September 1, 1987, Willson was run over by a U.S. government munitions train during a nonviolent blocking action. Willson, who lost his legs in the incident, discusses how the subsequent publicity propelled his cause toward the national consciousness.
Publisher: Oakland, CA : PM Press, c2011
ISBN: 9781604864212
Characteristics: xxiv, 441 p. ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm


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Jul 20, 2013

I read this book a couple years ago and it is truely the most incredible account of a man's life unfolding from living in a small town to a well known world-wide peace activist. What I particularly liked in the book is that I felt I was on the journey with Brian, especially throughout the 70's, 80's and 90's when I was just living my life and not knowing there was a whole history of political machinations unfolding totally unbeknownst to me. The reading of this book is a requirement for understanding those times of struggle. It also brings a foundation for understanding the current political life.


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