The Strawberry Statement: Notes of a College Revolutionary

The Strawberry Statement Notes of a College Revolutionary The student rebellions of the s caught through the eyes of a Columbia College undergraduate during the spring of A classic that sold copies in hardcover The Strawberry Statement retai

  • Title: The Strawberry Statement: Notes of a College Revolutionary
  • Author: James S. Kunen
  • ISBN: 9781881089520
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • The student rebellions of the 1960s caught through the eyes of a Columbia College undergraduate during the spring of 1968 A classic that sold 35,000 copies in hardcover, The Strawberry Statement retains its appeal to college students sensitive to the world s injustices while confronting their own adult future.

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    • James S. Kunen

      James S Kunen is the author of popular and critically praised books that grapple with legal and political issues in a personal way A prize winning journalist, he is best known for his 1968 memoir, The Strawberry Statement Notes of a College Revolutionary his account of the antiwar student strike at Columbia It has been translated into four languages and widely used in college history and writing courses MGM s film version of the book won the Jury Prize at the 1970 Cannes Film Festival.Graduating from Columbia in 1970, Kunen was sent to Vietnam by True magazine to write a series of articles, which led to his book Standard Operating Procedure Notes of a Draft Age American 1971 After working as a freelance journalist, Kunen earned his juris doctor degree from the New York University School of Law and joined the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C where he moved from misdemeanor cases to representing people accused of serious crimes, including murder He recounted his experiences in How Can You Defend Those People The Making of a Criminal Lawyer 1983.Returning to journalism, Kunen worked as an op ed editor for Newsday, a contributing writer for Time magazine, and a featured writer and senior editor for news at People magazine, where he reported and wrote cover stories on Donald Trump, Tawana Brawley and Abbie Hoffman, among others His reporting on a tragic school bus crash led him to write a book, Reckless Disregard Corporate Greed, Government Indifference, and the Kentucky School Bus Crash 1994 Kunen left People in 2000 to serve as a director of corporate communications at Time Warner Inc in New York City, where, among other things, his job was to maintain employee morale during the company s merger with AOL and the rounds of layoffs that followed In 2008, after being laid off himself, he embarked on a search for meaningful work that led him to his current position teaching English as a Second Language at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, N.Y He describes the journey from corporate PR man to teacher of immigrants in his new memoir, Diary of a Company Man Losing a Job, Finding a Life.Kunen s Time magazine cover story on the resegregation of America s schools won him a First Place in Features award from the New York Association of Black Journalists and an award for reporting in education from Unity Awards in Media As a freelance writer, he has written for The Atlantic, Esquire, GQ, Harper s, New York, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Magazine, and other leading publications He was a columnist for a national magazine, New Times.

    976 thoughts on “The Strawberry Statement: Notes of a College Revolutionary

    • I lived a pretty sheltered suburban life in the Midwest when James S. Kunen was going to college at Columbia (NY) in the late '60s. I was some years younger than the author but sure remember the timesd yeah, "they were a changin'". I re-read "The Strawberry Statement" over this past weekend for some reasoness I just am nostalgic about the late '60s. Kunen sure nailed that time period of revolutions, sit-ins, love-ins, hassles with the police (I hate to use the term "pigs"but that was what they w [...]


    • When I came to Columbia in 1972, the last of the 68' freshman were graduating. Aside from the odd reminiscent conversations I had eavesdropped on, (because direct conversations rarely existed between freshman and seniors) the events of the CU student revolts had largely slipped into a realm of apathy and indifference. All of the major players were gone, as was the administration of Grayson Kirk, replaced by William McGill along with most of the Columbia Board of Trustees. So strangely, new stude [...]


    • Not much has changed from those days. So many of Kunen's thoughts and observations are applicable today. Having grown up in a sheltered suburban enclave in the 60's I enjoy reading about what took place in the rest of the world at that time.AndI can honestly proclaim I was not at Woodstock


    • My favorite non-fiction book of my junior high and high school years. Sometimes I look back at that idealistic self. Worth revisiting in my middle years.


    • (Review written Jan 2003 and thus kind of dated): This book, written by a kid my age (19), resonates very strongly with me, as a member of a new generation of college revolutionaries. [Ed: awww, so idealistic!] The parallels between his experiences protesting Columbia University's worker policies and involvement in the Vietnam War with the impending war in Iraq today are striking. Overall a good read that has valuable things to say and chilling relevance to today's situation.


    • "Μιλώντας για την επιρροή που ασκεί στη διοίκηση του πανεπιστημίου η γνώμη των φοιτητών, ο κοσμήτωρ Ντην διακήρυξε: «Όταν οι φοιτητές ψηφίζουν “ναι” ή “όχι” επάνω σ' ένα δεδομένο θέμα, είναι σα να μου λένε πως τους αρέσουν ή δεν τους αρέσουν οι φράουλες».Εμένα μ' αρέσουν οι [...]



    • I first read James Simon Kunen’s THE STRAWBERRY STATEMENT: NOTES OF A COLLEGE REVOLUTIONARY as an impressionable high school student around about 1971; and this book did more to shape my political philosophy than anything, save perhaps for Bernard Bailyn’s THE IDEOLOGICAL ORIGINS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. So it was an interesting experience to track down a copy (thanks, ) and re-read it as an adult. I am profoundly struck by two aspects. First, the naïveté of the “revolutionary” stud [...]


    • Not sure how this one is just now being added to my lists as this is one of the iconic books that anyone interested in how we got to where we are today needs to read. A book that adds a few vital footnotes to the wide stage of the Student Movement in the United States.Kunen light heartedly chronicles his days at the edge of the turmoil of the Revolutionary period at Columbia University. Scampering between the most WASPian of manly athletic activities, crew, and occupying the admin buildings, the [...]


    • Don't let the first three pages put you off, because this is an awesome book."This ego blast book I'm writing fits well into the anti-hierarchy scheme, it seems to me, because I am not an author, nor will I be an author once having written a book. This seems altogether fitting and also proper. Why should only book writers write books? Who cares about them? They're not where it's at. Let everybody write so that no one is a writer" (p. 94)."She points out that neither Gandhi nor Thoreau would have [...]


    • This book is a great primer for would-be college revolutionaries. A normal student got rolled up into radical politics simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.As a college kid, I got radicalized a bit by 9/11 and the Bush Administration's response. I've mellowed a bit since, but this book served as a great instruction manual on how to see & respond to ham-handed tactics by people or groups who have no regard for the other side of the argument.That, and I love the title, and the [...]


    • Though I don't think I re-read this any later than the mid-70's, I quoted it today. ("The roaches are a bit of a problem. We each have our areas. I have my corner, and they have the rest of the apartment. Except they always come into my corner.") And really, any book you can quote that many years later deserves a few stars.If you're ever writing a novel set during 1968-70 in the US, read this book for research.


    • This diary from the Columbia student protests of the spring/summer of '68 is fascinating. It is an insight into a world of activism that unfortunately seems altogether far too long ago. It's clear that the writing is that of an undeveloped thinker, but in that regard, Kunen possesses some of the naiveté that is so potent in the voice of a character like Holden Caufield.


    • Read in college, but it chronicles the takeover of columbia by its students in '68. if I remember correctly, it's pretty funny and not particularly political. the author keeps suggesting he's only going to the protests to meet girls.i've since heard a conspiracy theory which suggests it was written by the gov. to make hippies look half-assed.


    • I don't happen to know if this book is accurate or useful as history; I read it when it was published in 1970, and I was only generally aware of the events described. I do remember that the book was energetic, fun, and well written. And I remember a distinguished professor at the time who thought the book was shallow.


    • This book would not have been as interesting to me had I not had an extensive background in 60s history, specifically the protests at Columbia. Definitely worth a read, especially for the portrait it paints of Mark Rudd, head of SDS at Columbia and an eventual member of the Weathermen.


    • I read this book in my impressionable adolescence, and it made a huge impression on me. I think I read it several times, which means I must have owned it at some point. I don't know how it would strike me now, but I have a feeling that a lot of it would be disturbingly relevant even 50 years later.



    • Not sure you could call me an adolescent for reading this book about the demonstration at Columbia University that succeeded in closing the school for a few days.


    • This book confused me; I'm not sure what it was trying to say. Possibly just that college kids don't really know what they are doing. Which I don't really agree with.




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