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Hope dies last : keeping the faith in troubled times
Terkel, Studs, 1912-2008.
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New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, [2003]

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xxix, 326 pages ; 24 cm
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Stud's look at the 1930s, 1960s, and the present; at times when ordinary people in America had great hopes for the future, and what became of those hopes.

Author Notes

Studs Terkel was an actor, writer, and radio host. He was born Louis Terkel on May 16, 1912 in New York City. He took his name from the James T. Farrell novel, Studs Lonigan. Terkel attended the University of Chicago and graduated with a law degree in 1934.

Terkel acted in local stage productions and on radio dramas until he began one of the first television programs, an unscripted show called Studs Place in the early 1950s. In 1952, Terkel began Studs Terkel's Almanac on radio station WFMT in Chicago.

Terkel compiled a series of books based on oral histories that defined America in the 20th Century. Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do received a National Book Award nomination in 1975. The Good War: An Oral History of World War II won the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction in 1985. Working was turned into a hit musical in 1978. Terkel was named the Communicator of the Year by the University of Chicago in 1969. He also won a Peabody Award for excellence in journalism in 1980 and the National Book Foundation Medal for contributions to American letters in 1997. He died on October 31, 2008 at the age of 96.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A master oral historian, indefatigable humanist, and charming raconteur, Terkel has always tackled the big questions of poverty, race, war, work, and, in Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (2001), death. In his newest collection of conversations, he speaks with socially conscious individuals--some famous, others best described as extraordinary ordinary folks--about hope. Where does hope spring from? How does hope sustain us? How does one instill hope in others? Terkel talks with objectors, dissenters, observers, protestors, and do-gooders to find out what makes these committed and generous souls tick. He speaks with Ohio congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Dennisucinich, a doctor who treats the homeless, teachers, labor activists, recent immigrants, Pete Seeger, andohnenneth Galbraith. Some of the most moving moments occur in heart-wrenching conversations with Leroy Orange, one of the Illinois death-row inmates pardoned by Governor George Ryan after serving 19 years for a crime he did not commit, andathyelly, the courageous founder of the peace group Voices in the Wilderness. As a collector of true stories and a guardian of free speech, Terkel ensures that grass-root alternatives to the official word are heard from sea to shining sea. --Donna Seaman Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Turning to a subject more elusive than those of his earlier oral histories (work, race, WWII, the American dream and so on), Terkel focuses here on hope as the universal detritus of experience. Terkel worries that Americans are losing hope and consequently losing a collective call to social activism for which hope, he feels, is requisite. Since the book progresses historically, its collective voice grows younger as the book advances toward the present. It is admonitory to note the dampened hopes of older generations. Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets (who piloted the Enola Gay over Hiroshima) dismisses the possibility for peaceful resolutions to post-September 11 conflicts ("We've got to get into a position where we can kill the bastards"); John Kenneth Galbraith, reflecting on the corporate malfeasance of Enron and WorldCom, admits that at his age (94), "there are no untrammeled hopes for the future"; and Adm. Gene LaRoque states simply, "Hope in my view is a wasted emotion." This pessimism, thankfully, wanes as Terkel turns his attention to younger subjects, such as Dr. David Buchanen, who works tirelessly to aid the homeless, and Leroy Orange, whose recent death row pardon has inspired him to want to "talk to at least one youth and turn his life around." Here hope resounds through the pages. Early in the book, Tom Hayden says, "I live now with one goal: to try to learn to be the kind of elder who was missing when I was a kid." With that goal and the hopefulness of the voices that round out this book, hope may well be immortal. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Terkel's new book examines how people survive difficult times and situations and retain hope for the future. In a series of thoughtful and moving interviews, 56 men and women from diverse backgrounds discuss overcoming poverty, racism, sexism, prejudice, substance abuse, and political and economic repression. Well-known individuals such as Tom Hayden, John Kenneth Galbraith, Jerry Brown, and Pete Seeger appear alongside unknown teachers, workers, labor organizers, activists, and students. The common theme is the need for hope and belief that a better future is possible. Particularly moving are the stories of a quadriplegic recovering alcoholic attempting to put her life together and two Guatemalans fleeing political repression to build a new life in America. The book opens with an interesting personal note by Terkel that nicely sets the tone. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ., Parkersburg (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Father Robert Oldershaw and Dr. John Oldershaw
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Personal Notesp. xxi
Prologue: Brothersp. 3
Part I Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Representative Dennis Kucinichp. 13
Representative Dan Burtonp. 21
The New Deal: The Old War
Clancy Sigalp. 29
Arnold Sundgaardp. 34
Norman Lloydp. 37
Adolph Kiefer (with interjections by his wife, Joyce)p. 38
Admiral Gene LaRoquep. 42
Brigadier General Paul Tibbetsp. 47
Herb Mitgangp. 56
Voices of the '60s
Tom Haydenp. 59
Staughton Lyndp. 71
Arlo Guthriep. 78
Part II Concerning Enronism
John Kenneth Galbraithp. 87
Wallace Rasmussenp. 91
Bread and Roses
Victor Reutherp. 95
Carole Travisp. 102
Ken Paffp. 109
Roberta Lynchp. 116
Eliseo Medinap. 124
Tom Geogheganp. 128
Lift Every Voice
Tim Blackp. 133
Elaine Jones (with postscript by Theodore Shaw)p. 140
The Reverend Will D. Campbellp. 146
Lloyd Kingp. 152
Mel Leventhalp. 157
The Pardon
Leroy Orangep. 163
Deborah Baylyp. 173
Quinn Brisbenp. 180
Part III Easy Riders
Andrew McNeilp. 189
Michael Oldhamp. 193
Dr. David Buchanenp. 197
Anyplace I Hang My Hat Is Home
Rene Maxwellp. 201
Dierdre Merrimanp. 204
Alderwoman Helen Shillerp. 209
A Priest and Two Ex-Seminarians
John Donahuep. 215
Jerry Brownp. 221
Ed Chambersp. 225
The Discovery of Power
Mike Gecanp. 233
Linda Stoutp. 243
Pete Seegerp. 249
Frances Moore Lappep. 253
Part IV Immigrants
Usama Alshaibip. 265
"Maria" and "Pedro" (interpreted by Father Brendan Curran)p. 271
A Caveat: Sam Osakip. 277
Mollie McGrathp. 285
Bob Hemauerp. 288
Lynn Siebertp. 292
Maggie Morningstonep. 295
Higher Learning
Liliana Lineares (interpreted by Minsu Longiaru)p. 297
Bob Kellyp. 301
Greg Halpernp. 303
Edward Childsp. 311
Epilogue: The Pilgrim
Kathy Kellyp. 317