Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution is the story of how a band of extraordinary individuals brought on a sea change that, in just more than forty years, has transformed American cultural and political life. Drawing on archival material and in-depth interviews with nearly 200 movers and shakers of the gay rights movement, author Linda Hirshman, who has taught Philosophy and Women’s Studies at Brandeis University with a specialization in the study of social movements, persuasively chronicles a revolution that was—and continues to be—a battle of citizens struggling to define themselves and take their rightful place in society. Hirshman illustrates how the fight for gay rights has revamped the American landscape for all citizens—regardless of sexuality—blurring rigid gender lines, altering the shared culture, and broadening the definition of what a family is.
Praise for Victory:
“Linda Hirshman's Victory is the chronicle that the brilliant, unremitting gay movement deserves. Deeply informed with human detail, political theory, and legal analysis alike, it moves fluidly out of the closet to the precincts--Washington, the Pentagon, the courts, the laboratories--where the world has been changed, changed utterly. A genuine, sparkling tour de force.”—Todd Gitlin, author of Occupy Nation
“Linda Hirshman is at her fiery best as she weaves her controversial argument about how the gay rights movement succeeded where others stalled. A compulsively readable mix of philosophy, social history and journalism, Hirshman provides an invaluable understanding of the people across the years who have worked so passionately to increase liberty and justice in our union.”—Rebecca Traister, author of Big Girls Don't Cry
“An astonishing work that seamlessly weaves together multiple stories into one authoritative volume. Highly recommended for political scientists, civil rights activists, and students of LGBT history.”—Mark Manivong, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (Library Journal, starred review)