In Honor of Mike

In Honor of Mike

When Michael Harrington’s The Other America began to win a large audience after its publication in 1962, both he and his friends were very much surprised. I remember thinking that Mike’s book, fine as it was, would probably be numbered among those “worthy” publications that sell four or five thousand copies and then fade away. Such had been the fate of many serious books in earlier years, and such would be the fate of many serious books in later years. But when Mike’s book “took off,” it seemed a modest signal that fundamental changes were starting to occur in this country. We now began to think that the years of conservative doldrums in which the cold war had dominated political life were coming to an end.

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