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Unrepentant Radical Educator: The Writings of John Gerassi
John “Tito” Gerassi was an editor at Time magazine, then at Newsweek. He obtained his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a long-time civil rights and anti-war militant and author/editor of ten books, plus scores of articles and pamphlets published on both sides of the Atlantic. He is currently a professor of political science at the City University of New York. We talk with Tito today about his recent book, Unrepentant Radical Educator: The Writings of John Gerassi, edited and with interviews by Tony Monchinski. Indypendent Book Review
The book combines personal narratives from Gerassi’s days of journalism and activism, featuring Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Jerry Rubin, Eldridge Cleaver and others of the era, with essays on figures such as Sartre, Camus, and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. One review writes: “Especially fascinating are the tales of deliberate misreporting by the major media outlets for which he worked, epitomized by the words of owner Henry Luce when Gerassi was hired: ‘We here at Time believe that objectivity is neither feasible nor desirable.’”
John “Tito” Gerassi:
Time magazine: I hear you’re coming aboard, Mr. Gerassi. In the long run, it was great that I got kicked out.
Met Che Guevara in Uruguay as a journalist for the New York Times. There was a fight with anti-Castro students, the police were scared, one man fired his gun in the air, it ricocheted and hit and killed a USIS Cuban.
Che told me I don’t talk to the imperialist press. At the hotel, they had reserved a large table where all the left-wing characters sat around with Che. Argentines say chez vous, that’s how Che got his nickname Che.
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Guest – Professor John Gerassi, once an editor at Time magazine, then at Newsweek, who obtained his PhD at LSE, is a long-time civil rights and anti-war militant. He is the author or editor of ten books and scores of articles and pamphlets published on both sides of the Atlantic. He is currently a professor of political science at the City University of New York.