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The Bert Cochran Legacy

An electronic archive of the works of Bert Cochran

Adlai Stevenson, Patrician Among the Politicians  American Labor in Midpassage  The Cross of the Moment  Harry Truman and the Crisis Presidency  Labor and Communism: The Conflict that Shaped American Unions  Through the Rearview Mirror: Past Book Reviews on Still Present Social Issues  The War System: An Analysis of the Necessity for Political Reason  Welfare Capitalism--and After  The American Socialist

Through the Rearview Mirror: Past Book Reviews
on Still Present Social Issues

Through the Rearview Mirror: Past Book Reviews on Still Present Social Issues A selection of reviews by Bert Cochran, originally published in:

The Nation

The Washington Post

The Saturday Review

The American Historical Review

Reissued in 2005 for the launch of The Bert Cochran Legacy and available for free download


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Contents of Through the Rearview Mirror   Scroll down


Note: The book includes an introduction and a personal note about the author by Cynthia Copeland Cochran, who selected the reviews for this collection.

The biography below appeared on the launch of the Web site in 2006. Upon her death later that year, The Bert Cochran Legacy became part of her estate. For information, contact

Photo of Cynthia Cochran, 2003 Cynthia Copeland Cochran is the widow of Bert Cochran. She is making his works and the archive of The American Socialist available online through The Bert Cochran Legacy ( Before retiring, she worked as a medical technician and as a nurse in New York City, the last three years specializing in AIDS care. She is completing a book, When Lawyers Play Doctor, to help the elderly avoid the legal pitfalls of hiring a guardian.
Photo credit: David Gifford, August 2003



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Contents of Through the Rearview Mirror


— Introduction

— A Personal Note About the Author

Reviews published in:

The Nation

"In the Grip of Egalitarian Passion" / June 26, 1972
To Die for the People by Huey P. Newton

"To Lift 800 Million Out of Poverty" / December 18, 1972
Mao and China: From Revolution to Revolution by Stanley Karnow

"Say, Is This the U.S.A.?" / January 8, 1973
The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam

"Gradualism—Common Sense or Positive Thinking?" / March 26, 1973
Socialism by Michael Harrington

"Paradise, Dystopia, or Just More of the Same?" / July 30, 1973
The Coming of Post-Industrial Society by Daniel Bell

"Victim of the Autumn Chill" / November 19, 1973
The Price of Vision: The Diary of Henry A. Wallace, 1942-1946, edited, with an introduction, by John Morton Blum

"The Man Who Succeeded Roosevelt" / March 2, 1974
Beyond the New Deal: Harry S. Truman and American Liberalism by Alonzo L. Hamby; The Awesome Power: Harry S. Truman As Commander-in-Chief by Richard F. Haynes; and Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman by Merle Miller

"From the Vantage Point of the Chancelleries" / September 14, 1974
The Imperial Republic: The United States and the World, 1945-1973 by Raymond Aron

"Is It the Policy or the System?" / March 8, 1975
The Permanent War Economy: American Capitalism in Decline by Seymour Melman

"Machiavelli for the Little Man" / November 18, 1978
The Teamsters by Steven Brill

The Washington Post

"Notes in Transit" / February 18, 1973
The Papers of Adlai E. Stevenson, Volume II: Washington to Springfield, 1941-1948, edited by Walter Johnson and Carol Evans

"Demise of the New Left" / May 27, 1975
More Power Than We Know: The People's Movement Toward Democracy by Dave Dellinger

The Saturday Review

"Personalities Around the President" / December 4, 1965
L.B.J.'s Inner Circle by Charles Roberts

The American Historical Review

Volume 86, No. 2 / April 1981
The Communist Party and the Auto Workers Unions by Roger Keeran

Volume 87, No. 3 / June 1982
Strikes in the United States, 1881-1974 by P.K. Edwards

Books by Bert Cochran:

— Published Books by Bert Cochran—and a Sampling of Reviews of Those Times

Acknowledgments and links:

— Acknowledgments

— Links to The Bert Cochran Legacy


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