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The '60s For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Brian Cassity , Maxine Levaren
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Grasp the political, cultural, and social impact of the decade

Experience the hope and passion of the '60s

Nostalgic for the sixties? Looking to learn more? This information-packed guide takes you on a tour of the most memorable and significant events of this tumultuous decade. From the Vietnam War to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to the early days of the women's movement, you'll see how the many cultural changes continue to shape American life today.

Discover

  • The different presidential administrations
  • Key events of the civil rights movement
  • Why the U.S. became involved in Vietnam
  • How strong opinions divided the country
  • The trends in music, fashion, and media


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From the Back Cover

Grasp the political, cultural, and social impact of the decade

Experience the hope and passion of the '60s

Nostalgic for the sixties? Looking to learn more? This information-packed guide takes you on a tour of the most memorable and significant events of this tumultuous decade. From the Vietnam War to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to the early days of the women's movement, you'll see how the many cultural changes continue to shape American life today.

Discover

  • The different presidential administrations
  • Key events of the civil rights movement
  • Why the U.S. became involved in Vietnam
  • How strong opinions divided the country
  • The trends in music, fashion, and media

About the Author

Brian Cassity: Brian Cassity is an assistant professor of history at Kapi’olani Community College who specializes in 20th-century history, specifically the Vietnam War.

Maxine Levaren: Maxine Levaren is a writer, a personal success coach, a passionate traveler, and a lifelong adventurer. Although she hates to admit it, she remembers the 1960s well, looks back on them with nostalgia, and views herself as an unrepentant hippie. She lives in San Diego with her two dogs, Senji and Bandit.


Product Details

  • File Size: 5229 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZGKR94
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,371,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling introduction to a remarkable decade. March 6, 2012
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First, I'm astonished that a book on such a popular topic from such a well-known series hasn't been reviewed yet. Hopefully some other reviewers happen along here; I was born in 1978.

I tend to find that the Wylie "Dummies" books are hit-or-miss; it really depends on the rigor and experience of the individual author and, to a lesser extent, the abstraction of the topic. Consistent strong points are a layman's approach to any subject; you really are getting an introduction that doesn't require a strong background or special knowledge. Weak points to the "Dummies" books include spotty credentials among some authors and an editing process that often seems haphazard or rushed. Given the abstraction of this subject -- the entirety of an American decade -- I was reluctant to buy this book. But seeing that it was the one obvious attempt to present the 60s as a whole, from politics to culture, I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad that I did.

While not perfect, "The '60s for Dummies" is a thorough, engaging, and well-edited addition to the Dummies series. I'm an armchair history nut, so I was mainly reading to fill in some gaps in my knowledge... I was surprised to find that there were many more than I thought. But the book will be equally useful to those who know the sixties as a vague rumor of tumult from the past, or as a special flicker that lights up in the eyes of our older brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, parents, and grandparents. Maybe you just like the music of the Beatles or that Motown Sound and you want to learn more about their time in the spotlight.

Central to the book's success is its ambitious scope; it really takes in a lot of territory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars those wonderful 60's! March 21, 2014
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there is so much information packed into this book! I actually got for my daughter and son-in-law and they are enjoying reading it. I get to read it next! HaHa. For a used book, it was in very, very good condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome May 29, 2014
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I loved this book. Will pass it on to a friend to read next. Great covering the 60's more info than expected
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