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The Secret Wars of Judi Bari: A Car Bomb, the Fight for the Redwoods, and the End of Earth First [Hardcover]

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Pages   261
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 15, 2005
Publisher   Encounter Books
ISBN  1893554740  
EAN  9781893554740  

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In l990, a car bomb in Oakland almost killed radical Earth First! leader, Judi Bari, and injured her passenger, a co-leader and one-time lover, Darryl Cherney. The FBI accused the pair of transporting the explosive device knowingly as part of a violent campaign of "ecotage." A legendary figure among Northern California activists, Judi Bari was a veteran of the Vietnam protests of the 1960s who moved to militant feminism and environmentalism after the war ended. By the mid-1980s, she was involved in the radical eco-organization Earth First! and leading the fight against the timber companies on the Northern California coast. The Secret Wars of Judi Bari traces Bari's rise from college activist to a would-be Mother Jones of the Redwoods. Drawing on extensive interviews with her friends, comrades, and critics, Kate Coleman describes Bari's struggle for selfhood against her husband; against those in her movement who felt that she was not radical enough; and ultimately against the FBI and the state of California. Judi Bari's wars continued until her death from cancer almost seven years after the explosion that changed her life forever. In creating a dramatic portrait of a unique American life, Coleman takes the reader inside the often bizarre world of the Earth First! movement and the back-to-nature counter culture of the North Coast of California. The result is an irresistible combination of biography and social history.

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Half way through but not liking the author  Sep 25, 2007
While reading this book I find myself thinking that the author really did not seem to like Judi Bari. She was always pointing out Judi's flaws but never anything good that she did. She makes her to be a very unfocused dramatic liar. I don't know much about the woman's story but I really feel bad that the story just doesn't seem fair to her. I will finish it, I love stories about the redwoods, but I think I may look for another book on the subject to try to balance this one out.
Hack Job by Coleman-  Aug 29, 2007
I purchased this book by mistake, thinking it was a serious biography. IT IS NOT.
I knew Judi during the 1970's postal organizing period of her life. The fact that this book was funded by a known right-wing group (the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation)which has funded other books pretending to be serious biographies of people like Hillary Clinton and Anita Hill while chopping them up with distorted facts and outright lies and well as doing kiss-up bios on right wing heroes like Clarence Thomas.
To prevent this right-wing hit piece from becoming a source book on Judi Bari, her friends, associates and family are compiling a page-by-page list of the errors, lies and omissions in Coleman's text. So far, the list has reached 351 (the ;last time I checked), more than one mistake per page. For a detailed list of the errors and lies in this book check out the Friends of Judi Bari website.
HATCHET JOB- why did kate coleman write a book   Jun 14, 2007
that implied bari didn't follow through at all during redwood summer and beyond? I just read bari's own words in timber wars, and it is easy to tell she followed through in a huge way- she wrote, spoke, and represented a deep ecology that is to be admired- coleman is a gossip monger on a good day- I recommend this book as campfire fuel-
Good and important book  Oct 14, 2005
This book read like a detective story and once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. It presents a fascinating, well-researched, convincing and even-handed perspective on the complexity of the personality and motives of its subject, Judi Bari, as well as of others connected with the environmental activist movement on the West Coast. Ms. Coleman's writing is a pleasure to read, and her telling of Judi Bari's story contributes to a better understanding of the reasons for her (and her movement's) successes as well as its failures. It's a good antidote to the uncritical adulation often bestowed on people such as Ms. Bari, whose lives are dominated by a unidimensional devotion to a non-mainstream cause (especialy by others who also espouse that cause).
Why did she write this?  Aug 19, 2005
I was left wondering why Coleman wrote this book. Was it just to let us all know that Judi Bari was a bitchy, braless diva? Was it to suggest that she was bombed by her ex-husband? Coleman's tone was so contemptuous of her subject that she weaked her central argument, which I believe was to create a more complex view than the highly idealized one promulgated by left media. I would have been open to that project. I loved the book Scars of Sweet Paradise, which attempts to create a more realistic vision of Janis Joplin, a super-star who was not always likable, even to herself. But the book on Joplin does a meticulous and sympathetic job of placing Joplin in the context of the San Franscisco psychedelic era--something that, as other reviewers here have noted, Coleman fails to do. This book is ultimately neither good journalism nor good biography. If Coleman has a bone to pick with Bari's legacy, that is fine. But she ought to frame her project as a polemic, not a piece of journalism. Her book raises these questions: do we expect all leaders to be "nice" people, or do we have higher standards for certain leaders, especially women? Does the "dirty laundry" that accompanies all human life detract from the significance of their accomplishments? And can we find ways to have leaders without expecting super-human powers?

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