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REVIEWS OF AMMON HENNACY'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY: THE BOOK OF AMMON - Catholic Worker odds & ends
May 25th, 2009
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REVIEWS OF AMMON HENNACY'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY: THE BOOK OF AMMON
"The last of the great old-time non-conformists....He is a fast-talking, wise-cracking saint of non-violence who has written his autobiography with glorious naivete in a kind of Grandma Moses prose...It is an American document of unquestioned sincerity. His dedication to peace is of nearly Gandhi proportions, and his appeal for common sense in our mixed-up society the purest Tom Paine. This is primitive Christianity of a most aggressive and exhilarating sort...He remains undaunted, witty, an authentic and fantastic character and one-man revolution throughout this remarkable book."----William Hogan in the San Francisco Chronicle.

"He is in the classical tradition of Jefferson, Thoreau, Debs."---Ward Moore in The Nation.

"Ammon is a man of vision...He is, what he is attempting to be, a one-man revolution...The story of his prison days will rank with the great writing of the world about prisons."---Dorothy Day in the Foreward

"You are transported almost physically through his life...He must be the only writer alive who can spellbind the reader with a description of how to irrigate alfalfa"---Paul Swenson in The Deseret News of Salt Lake City

"Utah's one-man revolution injects Crusader zeal into autobiography... a remarkable piece of personal reporting..the mild demeanor of this quiet gray man is hard to justify with popular understandings of anarchy, which Hennacy practices with a vengeance."---E.H. Linford in the Salt Lake Tribune.

"Ammon Hennacy calls himself a one-man revolution, and the record supports his claim. He has the necessary resources for single-handed and permanent insurrection, at any rate a ticklish conscience, ready indignation, a quick tongue, unlimited courage, and great tactical inventiveness...Mr. Hennacy's style is garrulous and innocently self-centered...The wonder is that in Mr. Hennacy's case, the effect is infinitely touching and attractive. What price art when artlessness works so much better? His doctrine and example...call for something more than affectionate condescension...We are not gods and must work within a human time scale. And that means taking up again the dangerous instrument of political revolution, forewarned and chastened by Ammon Hennacy's testimony."---Emile Capouya in The Commonweal.

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