I prepared for my dream trip to Nicaragua by reading books on Latin American history, politics and literature and by taking lessons in Spanish language. My plan to write a book on the anti-establishment personalities in the USA took me to the doorsteps of Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones), Paul Sweezy, Harry Macdoff, Annette Rubinstein, Bertel Ollman, Maya Angelou, Maxine Klein, Holly Near, Noam Chomsky, George Wald and Pete Seeger. I can never forget the amount of encouragement and assistance I received from all of them. I told them about my plan and they readily agreed to be interviewed by me. But, at the same time, they made me read their books so I could do my homework. I did not have to buy a single book. Almost all of them sent me their major works by courier and I interviewed them only after I studied their thoughts. It was like taking the most wonderful and colorful university course in politics, philosophy, history, sociology and the liberal arts.
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