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(Radical Innocent: Upton Sinclair.pdf) Few American writers have revealed their private as well as their public selves so fully as Upton Sinclair and virtually none over such a long lifetime Sinclair s writing even at its most poignant or electrifying blurred the line between politics and art and indeed his life followed a similar arc In i Radical Innocent Upton Sinclair i Anthony Arthur weaves the strands of Sinclair s contentious public career and his often troubled private life into a compelling personal narrative br br An unassuming teetotaler with a fiery streak called a propagandist by some the most conservative of revolutionaries by others Sinclair was such a driving force of history that one could easily mistake his life story for historical fiction He counted dozens of epochal figures as friends or confidants including Mark Twain Jack London Henry Ford Thomas Mann H G Wells Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Albert Einstein Charlie Chaplin Albert Camus and Carl Jung br br Starting with i The Jungle i in Sinclair s fiction and nonfiction helped to inform and mold American opinions about socialism labor and industry religion and philosophy the excesses of the media American political isolation and pacifism civil liberties and mental and physical health br br In his later years Sinclair twice reinvented himself first as the Democratic candidate for governor of California in and later in his sixties and seventies as a historical novelist In he won a Pulitzer Prize for i Dragon s Teeth i one of eleven novels featuring super spy Lanny Budd br br Outside the literary realm the ever restless Sinclair was seemingly everywhere forming Utopian artists colonies funding and producing Sergei Eisenstein s film documentaries and waging consciousness raising political campaigns Even when he wasn t involved in progressive causes or counterculture movements his name often was invoked by them an arrangement that frequently embroiled Sinclair in controversy br br Sinclair s passion and optimistic zeal inspired America but privately he could be a frustrated petty man who connected better with his readers than with members of his own family His life with his first wife Meta his son David and various friends and professional acquaintances was a web of conflict and strain Personally and professionally ambitious Sinclair engaged in financial speculation although his wealth generating schemes often benefited his pet causes and he lobbied as tirelessly for professional recognition and awards as he did for government reform As the tenor of his work would suggest Sinclair was supremely human br br In i Radical Innocent Upton Sinclair i Anthony Arthur offers an engrossing and enlightening account of Sinclair s life and the country he helped to transform Taking readers from the Reconstruction South to the rise of American power to the pinnacle of Hollywood culture to the Civil Rights era this is historical biography at its entertaining and thought provoking finest br br u Praise u br Lively unsparing look at the turn of the century muckraker social critic and novelist who changed the way America did business Arthur organizes his biography into chapters reflecting Sinclair s various crusading selves e g i The Warrior i i The Pilgrim of Love i etc and uses a deft light touch b An immensely readable biography b i Kirkus Reviews i br br excellent new biography i USA Today br i br a model of good biography i Los Angeles Magazine i br br Absorbing i The Wall Street Journal i br br intimate and intellectually astute i The New Yorker i br enlightening frequently stinging biography Arthur organizes a vast amount of information into a fast flowing witty and incisive narrative i Booklist i starred review br a well researched balanced and fascinating portrait i Publishers Weekly i br Neither hagiographic nor condescending Arthur is an exemplary biographer interested in human beings for their own sake in all their unvarnished oddity i The Nation i br br Few authors have led as full and fascinating a career and rare is the biographer capable of packing the fascinating fullness as compactly i i and apparently completely i i as Arthur has done i Chicago Sun Times i br br an engrossing and enlightening account of Sinclair s life and the country he helped to transform historical biography at its entertaining and thought provoking finest i Forbes Book Club i br br The chapters in i Radical Innocent i that describe the research and writing of i The Jungle i the most famous and still the most powerful of all the muckraking novels are thrilling Arthur captures nicely Sinclair s almost absurd innocence his boundless enthusiasm as he met journalists welfare workers labor organizers and the men and women who worked in the slaughterhouses i Los Angeles Times i br br an outstanding biography I recommend it without reservation David M Kinchen i Huntington News Network i Book Critic br br a bracing biography i Boston Globe i br br admirable compelling look at an intellectual life lived to maximum effect i Philadelphia Inquirer i br br engaging and perceptive sensitive engrossing and even amusing exploration of Sinclair s complex private life i Christian Science Monitor i br graceful new biography i Columbia Journalism Review i br It is to Arthur s credit that he can make Sinclair not only interesting yet likeable i Radical Innocent i is not only refreshing it s a shock to read a biography of a survivor The author has done a Herculean job of sifting through what must literarily have been tons of material to produce a thoroughly readable book about a complex man i Toronto Star i br i Radical Innocent i is a wonderful gift a vital biography of an American treasure and Arthur proves himself as Sinclair s vital biographer i American Way i American Airlines Magazine br Few authors have led as full and fascinating a career and rare is the biographer capable of packing the fascinating fullness as compactly and apparently completely as Arthur has done i Denver Post i br br The book provides an interesting narrative on an extraordinary American life It not only offers specific details rendered from meticulous research but also a historical context that makes it easier to understand the circumstances of the time period in which this most conservative of revolutionaries worked i The Post and Courier iDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Radical Innocent: Upton Sinclair books for multiple devices.