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Author: Bryan Burrough Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Penguin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9780698154582
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From the bestselling author of Public Enemies and The Big Rich, an explosive account of the decade-long battle between the FBI and the homegrown revolutionary terrorists of the 1970s

The Weathermen. The Symbionese Liberation Army. The FALN. The Black Liberation Army. The names seem quaint now, when not forgotten altogether. But there was a stretch of time in America, roughly between 1968 and 1975, when there was on average more than one significant terrorist act in this country every week, and the FBI combated these groups and others as nodes in a single revolutionary underground, dedicated to the violent overthrow of the American government.

The FBI’s response to the leftist revolutionary counterculture has not been treated kindly by history, and it is true that in hindsight many of its efforts seem almost comically ineffectual, if not criminal in themselves. But part of the extraordinary accomplishment of Bryan Burrough’s groundbreaking book is to temper those easy judgments with an understanding of just how deranged these times were, how charged with menace. Burrough re-creates an atmosphere that seems almost unbelievable just forty years later, conjuring a time of native-born radicals, most of them “nice middle-class kids,” smuggling bombs into skyscrapers and detonating them inside the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol, at a courthouse in Boston, at a Wall Street restaurant packed with lunchtime diners. Radicals who robbed dozens of banks and assassinated policemen, in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta. The FBI’s fevered response included the formation of a secret task force called Squad 47, dedicated to hunting the groups down and rolling them up. But Squad 47 itself was not overly squeamish about legal niceties, and its efforts ultimately ended in fiasco.

Benefiting from the extraordinary number of people from the underground and the FBI who speak about their experiences for the first time, Days of Rage is filled with important revelations and fresh details about the major revolutionaries and their connections and about the FBI and its desperate efforts to make the bombings stop. The result is mesmerizing and completely new—a book that takes us into the hearts and minds of homegrown terrorists and federal agents alike and weaves their stories into a spellbinding secret history of the 1970s. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A terrific piece of research, reportage, and storytelling.”

    Paul Ingrassia, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

  • “Brilliantly explicates one of the most confounding periods of recent American history…Rarely has such a subject been matched with a writer and reporter of Burrough’s extraordinary skill.”

    William D. Cohan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Gives the story of America’s armed underground revolutionaries of the 1960s and 1970s what it has long desperately needed: clarity, level-headedness, context, and reportorial rigor…blessedly free of cant or point scoring.”

    Mark Harris, New York Times bestselling author

  • Days of Rage is bound to alter the conversation about this crucial topic of our time.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “[A] rich and important history…deep and sweeping…wide-ranging and often revelatory interviews with many Weather alumni.”

    Washington Post

  • “[With] story after story of astonishing heists, murders, orgies, and wiretaps. Few of his subjects are sympathetic, but all are vividly drawn. He refrains from making moral judgments, which makes the material he presents all the more powerful…As definitive a history of Vietnam-era political violence as we are ever likely to get.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Burrough aims to redress the balance by portraying a desperately unsettled time as he reconstructs the battle between radicals and the FBI.”

    Library Journal

  • “Well narrated by Ray Porter…convey[ing] tension and excitement as needed.”


  • “A fascinating portrait of the all-but-forgotten radical underground…Burroughs gives us the first full picture of a secret world where radical dreams often ended in personal and political tragedy.”

    Beverly Gage, author of The Day Wall Street Exploded

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015 for Nonfiction

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About the Narrator

Ray Porter has garnered two Audie nominations as well as several Earphones Awards and enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. A fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he has also appeared in numerous films and television shows.