Hope Dies Last | Granta

  • Published: 01/08/2005
  • ISBN: 9781862077775
  • 130x20mm
  • 352 pages

Hope Dies Last

Studs Terkel

For Terkel, hope is born of activism, engagement and a stubborn determination to improve the world. In Hope Dies Last, he talks with a wide range of politically engaged Americans, musing on fundamental questions: where does hope spring from? How can it sustain us? How does one instil it in others? As well as talking to well-known figures, including Paul Tibbets (pilot of the plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima), sixties activist Tom Hayden and economist John Kenneth Galbraith, Terkel talks to ordinary citizens, such as a deathrow inmate pardoned after serving nearly twenty years for a crime he did not commit and a schoolteacher in a tough inner-city high school. Throughout, he encourages these fascinating people to speak passionately on their life’s work. Hope Dies Last is a celebration of hope in troubled times, an inspiring book about political engagement in the face of indifference.

Inspiring and timely ... it is not just a social document, not just fascinating American history but a coach's manual, complete with a number of model pep talks that may get you out of your armchair

Margaret Atwood

Hope Dies Last will live a long, long time in the memory of everyone who reads it. Like all of Studs Terkel's work, this book glows with human warmth and an unquenchable passion for justice

Barbara Ehrenreich

Fascinating ... Terkel could tease interesting life stories from a lamppost

Time Out

The Author

Studs Terkel was born in Chicago in 1912. He is the author of many books of oral history, including Will The Circle Be Unbroken? and Hope Dies Last, both published by Granta Books. He won the Pulitzer Prize for “The Good War” in 1985, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle in 2004. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died in 2008.

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Studs Terkel on Granta.com

Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition

Over There

Various Contributors

Americans, speaking of foreign lands, often say, 'It's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.'

Interviews | The Online Edition

Pounding a Nail

Studs Terkel

‘It wasn't his first radio interview—he'd done a few in New York the previous year—but certainly among his earliest.’