"This book concentrates primarily on examining the nature of the 'direct action' which typified the style of protest movements in the 1960s. Examination of the methods is therefore necessarily entwined with the evolution of these movements. But direct action is also treated as a mode of political activity which has a much longer history, and draws on a number of different traditions. It therefore transcends the specific associations of movements like the New Left. And on the evidence available so far, direct action looks as though it may become in the 1970s a method increasingly used by large numbers of people impatient of waiting for the authorities to act on their behalf."
-- from the introduction
"A reasoned discussion by a social scientist with a clear mind and a warm heart, who has participated in direct action but drawn a firm line short of violent defiance of the law. Direct Action and Liberal Democracy is none the less [sic] thorough and perceptive for being very succinct."