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About Severed Arms

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Stories from the Dis-Union of America, 1968-1970 (Paperback)
The Sixties had been romanticized and vilified. Rarely had it been described from the circumstance of ordinary observer/participant. Thanks to an accident of the author’s birth, he had been caught up in something extraordinary.

Daniel William Zampino


The Sixties had been romanticized and vilified. Rarely had it been described from the circumstance of ordinary observer/participant. Thanks to an accident of the author’s birth, he had been caught up in something extraordinary. Severed Arms. Illuminated in the severing—by a policeman’s billie—of arms intertwined to corral and protect draft resisters.

The result? Five stories. Five windows into the story-teller’s growing up in the Sixties.

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Foreword

In a 1967 interview, Arnold Toynbee, who had visited the ‘scene’’ at Haight-Ashbury, was quoted as saying, ‘the hippies are a warning light for the American way of life.’ Even then, his words jumped out at me. Only an historian possessed of insight and power could extract such a convincing perspective from a phenomenon that was still unfolding. I was nineteen years old, and Toynbee’s conclusion seemed irrefutable. Visionary, even.

‘Warning light.’ Not a revolution, as we each - my friends and I - had claimed. Not something shattering. Simply a warning light.

With the great historian’s authorized perspective, I plunged head first into what would be an extraordinary phase in my life.

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