I've read this book a few times already, but needed to refresh my memory for a current writing project. This book is valuable in understanding the radical movement of the late 1960s because it was published so quickly after Diana Oughton's death (she died in 1970, and the book was published in 1971). There's something about the immediacy that makes it a good source as a historical document. Analysis and hindsight also are useful, but it's good to have books that were published during that time period fraught with conflict.

I could have used more information about Diana herself. I could tell that the author had to "pad" the book, and even so, it's still just around 200 pages. The information about Diana's early life is very good, but clearly the trail grows cold after she joins SDS and gets caught up in ever more radical circles. It's at this point that Powers gives readers a very detailed look at SDS and the power plays that helped form Weatherman. At this point, since I wasn't particularly interested in a detailed history of SDS, I glossed over those chapters.

What makes someone a terrorist? That's an impossible question to answer with any certainty, especially if the person in question is dead. But Powers paints a good portrait that shows Diana's steady movement toward more and more radical beliefs.

We don't have a lot of books out there that lend insight into the mind of a terrorist, so this is a valuable addition to the canon.