This book aims to provide an alternative perspective on the Western New Left (NL) as distinct from currently established right-wing and left-wing versions. It emphasizes the travails of the American Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).
Introduction 1. Convergence and Breakthrough 2. The New Left: A Core Identity 3. A New Radicalism 4. After Reformism: The Dilemmas of Extra-Parliamentarism 5. The Problem or Agency 6. Black Movements in Crisis 7. In Search of Ideology 8. The New Left in Britain: 1956–70 9. Vietnam and Alignment 10. SDS in Flux 11. Annus Mirabilis: 1968 12. Turn Towards Violence 13. Revolution and the New Left 14. Provocation: Response and Repression 15. The New Left and the Old 16. A Crisis of Identity 17. Picking up the Threads