Mayday 1971: A White House at War, a Revolt in the Streets, and the Untold History of America’s Biggest Mass Arrest

Mayday 1971: A White House at War, a Revolt in the Streets, and the Untold History of America’s Biggest Mass Arrest

By:  Lawrence Roberts

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A cinematic history of the largest act of civil disobedience in US history, in Richard Nixon’s Washington

They surged into Washington by the tens of thousands in the spring of 1971. Fiery radicals, flower children, and militant vets gathered for the most audacious act in a years-long movement to end America’s war in Vietnam: a blockade of the nation’s capital. And the White House, headed by an increasingly paranoid Richard Nixon, was determined to stop it.

Longtime Washington journalist Lawrence Roberts, drawing on dozens of interviews, unexplored public and private archives, and newfound White House transcripts, recreates the intense events through the eyes of dueling characters. Woven into the story too are now-familiar names including John Kerry, Jane Fonda, and Daniel Ellsberg, leaker of the Pentagon Papers. It began with a bomb at the US Capitol—an unsolved case to which Roberts brings convincing new evidence. To prevent the Mayday Tribe’s guerrilla-style traffic blockade, the government mustered the army and marines. Riot squads swept through the city, arresting more than 12,000 people. As a young public defender led a thrilling legal battle to free the detainees, Nixon and his men took their first steps down the road to the Watergate scandal and the implosion of the presidency.

Mayday 1971 is the ultimately inspiring history of a season that forever changed the face of protest in America.

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  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9781328766724

  • ISBN-10: 1328766721

  • Pages: 464

  • Price: $28.00

  • Publication Date: 04/28/2020

  • Carton Quantity: 12

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Lawrence Roberts

LAWRENCE ROBERTS has been an investigative editor with ProPublica, the Washington Post, Bloomberg News, and the Huffington Post Investigative Fund. He was a leader on teams honored with three Pulitzer Prizes. Mayday 1971 is his first book.
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Available Resources

Related Categories

  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9781328766724

  • ISBN-10: 1328766721

  • Pages: 464

  • Price: $28.00

  • Publication Date: 04/28/2020

  • Carton Quantity: 12

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