Maurice Isserman


Maurice Isserman lived in Portland from 1968 through 1974, graduating from Reed College in 1973. In 1970-71 he was a staff member of the Willamette Bridge. He was one of the founders of the Portland Scribe, and worked on the paper as a reporter and eventually as a co-editor from 1972 through 1974. He received his PhD. in American History from the University of Rochester in 1979, and has been on the faculty of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York since 1990. Among other books, he is co-author of America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s, and most recently the author of Continental Divide: A History of American Mountaineering.

On Oct 14, Maurice Isserman reads & signs his latest book, Continental Divide: A History of Mountaineering, at Powells, 1005 W Burnside. 7:30 PM.

On Oct 16, Maurice Isserman appears at UNDERGROUND USA, in the White Stag Auditorium, 70 NW Couch.

Besides participating in a panel discussion with all the UNDERGROUND USA speakers, Maurice will lead an onstage conversation with fellow Scribe alumn, Norman Solomon, about the politics and culture which produced the community which created Portland’s underground press.

From Maurice Isserman’s webpage at Hamilton College:

Which Side Were You On? The American Communist Party During the Second World War, Wesleyan University Press, 1987

If I Had a Hammer: The Death of the Old Left and the Birth of the New Left,  Basic Books, 1987

California Red: The Life of Dorothy Healey, with Ms. Healey, Oxford University Press, 1990

America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s, with Michael Kazin,Oxford University Press, 2000

The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington, Public Affairs Press, 2000

Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Mountaineering to the Age of Extremes, with Stewart Weaver, Yale University Press, 2008