Books: The Cheerful Radical

LOVE & REVOLUTION by Max Eastman. 665 pages. Random House. $8.95.

In the first three decades of this century, all sorts of Americans were calling for revolution, but they meant quite different things by it. Some wanted revenge on a society that had neglected them; others, exasperated by the tortuous process of democracy, wanted an authoritarian master who would correct all injustice. Max Eastman simply wanted everybody to be as happy as he was.

Eastman was a most improbable radical. Homegrown, hearty and ebullient, nurtured on the Concord philosophers, Eastman castigated society without hating...

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