Mostly on the Edge: An Autobiography

Mostly on the Edge An Autobiography He left school at fifteen to work as a reporter and wound up just a few years later as associate editor at Newsweek He helped William F Buckley Jr found the National Review worked closely with Jose

  • Title: Mostly on the Edge: An Autobiography
  • Author: Karl Hess
  • ISBN: 9781573926874
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Hardcover
  • He left school at fifteen to work as a reporter and wound up, just a few years later, as associate editor at Newsweek He helped William F Buckley Jr found the National Review, worked closely with Joseph McCarthy, and became chief speechwriter for Barry Goldwater.But true to a conscience that caused him to question the claims and authority of others, Hess eventually rejeHe left school at fifteen to work as a reporter and wound up, just a few years later, as associate editor at Newsweek He helped William F Buckley Jr found the National Review, worked closely with Joseph McCarthy, and became chief speechwriter for Barry Goldwater.But true to a conscience that caused him to question the claims and authority of others, Hess eventually rejected conservatism and embraced the libertarian politics of the New Left He dabbled with drugs, rode motorcycles, worked with the Black Panthers, got arrested while protesting the war in Viet Nam, and published an article in Playboy that defined libertarianism and ignited a national debate As an anti Communist he cooperated with the FBI, but as a libertarian he fought the IRS until he was nearly destitute Whatever his political leanings, he always despised conceit, exploded intolerance, and embraced life to the fullest He was a man who traveled in influential circles, often close to power, but, in his own words, mostly on the edge Karl Hess participated in many of the defining events of 20th century America, a self taught boy who became a self made journalist Mostly on the Edge chronicles the life education of Hess, who became a defiant tester of the prevailing ideas of each decade He lived by trial and error, and was always willing to acknowledge his mistakes.Like Franklin and Thoreau, Hess hoped to wake up America by questioning the moral majority, fighting the Kafkaesque intrusions of government, and encouraging his family, friends, and highly influential colleagues to think for themselves Hess provides eyewitness accounts, unique personal observations, startling and valuable insights on leadership and dissent, and, in the end, leaves behind a clear path to realizing the dream of freedom.

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    1 thought on “Mostly on the Edge: An Autobiography”

    1. Absolutely amazing. His life is an inspiration to me. I really enjoyed his writing style as well as the content of the book. Such a diverse and interesting life he led and I wish more libertarians were familiar with his work. It has given me a new respect for "beltway libertarians" as well as new inspiration to pursue my own desires and live my life as I choose.

    2. Great, but incomplete biography of one of the most pivotal figures of the early libertarian movement. Karl Hess was an amazingly self-aware person who was willing to explore his role in the Old Right, New Left, and libertarian movements.

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