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The Columbia Guide to America in the 1960s (Columbia Guides to American History and Cultures) Paperback – March 15, 2003

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  • Series: Columbia Guides to American History and Cultures
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (March 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231113730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231113731
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Eminent historians Farber (Age of Great Dreams) and Bailey (Sex in the Heartland) present an accessible, state-of-the-art overview of the turbulent Sixties. Part narrative history and interpretation, part almanac, chronology, and glossary, the book offers an introspective yet entertaining investigation for those who remember the age as well as for those just being introduced to it. The most stimulating chapter includes essays by contributing scholars who assess the legacies of the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, the New Left, the women's movement, and the sexual revolution. An excellent glossary, which includes one-paragraph to one-page views of well-known political leaders and such cultural icons as Twiggy, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, and Janis Joplin, bolsters Farber's somewhat sketchy historical summary. In turn, short essays that discuss such topics as the environmental movement, significant legal cases, and religion enhance the glossary. The book concludes with a chronology, demographics, and a comprehensive annotated bibliography, which is noted more for its inclusiveness than the substance of the annotations. One small weakness in this seven-part book is that the affiliations and publications of the secondary contributors are not identified. For another collection of interpretative essays on the Sixties, see Alexander Bloom's Long Time Gone (Oxford Univ., 2001). Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

It's hard to imagine a more useful multifunction library resource than this latest entry in the Columbia Guide series, which previously issued studies of the cold war and American women in the nineteenth century. University of New Mexico historian Farber and sex-and-courtship researcher Beth Bailey open with a 75-page overview of the 1960s. In part 2 (roughly 100 pages), nine authors summarize the historiography of 10 political, social, and cultural issues. Part 3 is an A-to-Z glossary of key people and organizations; unlikely neighbors here include radical feminist Kate Millet and the military-industrial complex, Twiggy and transcendental meditation. Part 4 supplies brief essays on eight general topics, such as environmentalism, religion, and sports in the 1960s. Part 5 is a cross between an almanac and the Statistical Abstract, capturing fascinating facts, trends, and demographics of the era. Part 6 offers a 1960s chronology (including the years when significant consumer products were introduced); part 7 is a valuable annotated bibliography. Everyone from "the Greatest Generation" to that generation's great-grandchildren can learn something here. Mary Carroll
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on November 23, 2003
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Aging baby-boomers like myself can rest more easily; herein one discovers a wonderful effort, which succeeds marvelously in accurately and faithfully recounting and retelling the somewhat convoluted and always multi-currented tenor of the times for the 1960s. Given the massive neo-conservative effort to discredit the theoretical positions and social ethos of the sixties generation, it is terrific to have such a carefully researched and meticulously documented effort as is "The Columbia Guide To America In The 1960s" to give greater voice and renewed verve and credibility to the ideas and theoretical positions that arose from the ongoing new-left critique of mainstream society that emanated from the events of that storied decade. Authors David Farber and Beth Bailey are both academics with considerable expertise in the area of contemporary 20th century history, and this aplomb with the facts and the sense of the times is fascinating to plow through on both an intellectual and also an emotional level. This is scholarship well done!
It does one well to remember that the sixties decade and what came out of it are both subjects of serious disagreements as well as continuing controversy, given the attempt by the right wing to define the ideas stemming from those times as bogus and discredited. Therefore, making sense of all that is brought back to the surface in this book represents a considerable effort, but it is hard to deny such an effort to make sense of a time with so many crosscurrents and so much social, cultural, and political turbulence is well worth the effort. Therefore, the book is organized around several different perspectives and approaches.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Valentino on June 17, 2013
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Whether you lived through it, grew up in it, are studying it, or are simply curious about what your grandparents and parents were up to, you'll find no more comprehensive and thoughtful compendium to the 1960s.

Farber and Bailey divide the book into sections that each serve to give you a thorough understanding of the major issues of the time.

They begin with a very brief history of the decade and then move on to longer essays delineating the decade's hot buttons. These include John Kennedy's election and leadership up to his assassination; the civil rights movement, encompassing its origins, the protests, and the resulting civil rights laws; The Great Society, along with civil rights legislation, the centerpiece of Lyndon Johnson's domestic policy; the Vietnam War, from origins that predated U.S. involvement to its end under Richard Nixon; the polarization of society during the decade, something that still stands out in the minds of these who lived through the 1960s; the culture of the Sixties, including youth and African-American movements; and the change that came with the election of Nixon, as well as a brief recounting of the Watergate break in and its effect on the American psyche.

Next, they provide a series of articles, the majority contributed, that cover critical topics and that outline the scholarly interpretation of events.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erin Findley on March 23, 2014
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This book is so informative and great... kinda boring... but very informative... kinda boring... but very informative... great for class
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