Advance Reviews for Heavy Radicals

"Heavy Radicals" is a concise and insightful history of a long-forgotten but vibrant radical movement. Leonard and Gallagher break new ground in revealing the extent to which law enforcement will go to infiltrate, destabilize and ultimately destroy domestic political organizations that espouse a philosophy counter to the status quo. To better understand the current state of domestic surveillance and political repression, from Occupy Wall Street to the Edward Snowden revelations, start with this little gem of a book.—T.J. English, The Savage City and Havana Nocturne

Based on impeccable research, Heavy Radicals explores the rise of the Revolutionary Communist Party in the late 1960s and 1970s. Militant Maoists, dedicated to revolutionary class struggle, the RCP was one of many organizations that fought to carry on the 60s struggle for radical change in the United States well after SDS and other more well known groups imploded.  Leonard and Gallagher help us to understand how the RCP's revolutionary ideology resonated with a small group of young people in post-1968 America, took inspiration from the People's Republic of China, and brought down the wrath of the FBI.
David Farber,  The Age of Great Dreams: America in the 1960s

In this masterfully written and extensively researched book, Aaron Leonard with Conor A. Gallagher offers a no-nonsense critical analysis of one of the most resilient, misunderstood, and controversial anti-capitalist organizations of the last fifty years. This book is a MUST READ for anyone invested in nuancing their understanding of revolutionary political struggle and unrelenting state repression in the United States.
Robeson Taj Frazier, The East Is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination” 

Meticulously researched, drawing on both internal documents hiding in plain sight and a wealth of information gained through laborious freedom of information requests, Heavy Radicals is a great example of history of the near past -- in examining how the FBI acted, we are better able to understand the methods employed in undermining dissent today.
Eveline Lubbers, Secret Manoeuvres in the Dark: Corporate and Police Spying on Activists

In this untold and highly accessible history of Sixties radicalism, Aaron Leonard and Conor Gallagher expertly guides us through the world of the Maoists who picked up and maintained the activist cause well into the seventies, long after others had collapsed. Fascinating!
Rick Shenkman, Founder and publisher of George Mason University's History News Network (