Subjects Freshman Year Reading African American Studies African Studies American Studies Anthropology Art, Film, Music and Architecture Asian Studies Business and Economics Criminology Education Environmental Studies Foreign Language Instructional Materials Gender Studies History Irish Studies Jewish Studies Latin American & Caribbean Studies Law and Legal Studies Literature and Drama Literature in Spanish Media Issues, Journalism and Communication Middle East Studies Native American Studies Philosophy Political Science Psychology Reference Religion Russian and Eastern European Studies Science and Mathematics Sociology Study Aids

E-Newsletters: Click here to be notified of new titles in your field
Click here to request Desk/Exam copies
Freshman Year Reading
View Our Award Winners
Click here to view our Catalogs
The Red Squad

The Red Squad

Upgrade to the Flash 9 viewer for enhanced content, including the ability to browse & search through your favorite titles.
Click here to learn more!

Order Exam Copy
E-Mail this Page Print this Page
Add This - The Red Squad

Written by Esther BronerAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Esther Broner

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • On Sale: July 13, 2010
  • Price: $16.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-307-45584-0 (0-307-45584-X)
Also available as an eBook.
about this book

A wonderfully comic novel about the interwoven lives of a group of 1960s grad students who, forty years later, learn that they were under FBI surveillance during their activist days.

There’s Anka, who enraged the right-thinking newspaper with her outspoken politics; Kevin, a priest in the process of formally leaving the church; “The Farmer,” an unhappy father and husband; Noble, the gay poet; Ron, the black professor of Victorian studies; and the irrepressible Bernstein, who yearned to start again in the promised land of Israel. One became a spy, one became a fugitive. And when their long lost comrade resurfaces, his plight reunites them in a glorious, unexpected finale that collides past and present.

“Superbly ties together the liberals and the conservatives, the passionate and apathetic, across all genres of society in both the past and the present.” —Los Angeles Times

“With high spirits and deep politics, The Red Squad takes us into the lives of Midwestern peaceniks of the Sixties. . . . E. M. Broner gives us new friends and lasting values; who could ask for anything more?” —Gloria Steinem

“A deft mystery. . . . Brimming with energy.” —The Daily Beast

“Profoundly crafted.” —The Tucson Citizen

“A charming entry into the ranks of the academic novel.” —Haaretz

“The most marvelous, original, feisty, political, comical, serious, delightful activist academic novel in memory.” —HASTAC

“This is a vivid tale of the Sixties, told by one of our most original novelists, from a marvelously unusual point of view. If ever a book demonstrated that the personal continues to be political, this is it. For those of us who were there, The Red Squad is an eye-opener; for those who weren’t, it’s an education. Either way, a pleasure to read.” —Vivian Gornick

“An insightful, affecting, and often funny tale of higher education. . . . One of those books that will grow in readers’ estimation long after they’ve finished reading it.” —Booklist

“Only E. M. Broner could have written a book like this: a brilliant comic political novel, as original as it is fiercely anti-war.” —Marilyn French