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1969: The Year Everything Changed Paperback – January 24, 2011
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Lamenting all the attention 1968 has gotten with assassinations and riots, Kirkpatrick argues that the following year was more than a little significant, too. Beginning with a “selected timeline,” Kirkpatrick goes on to chronicle a dizzying array of major events: Richard Nixon’s election in November 1968 as president; the covert bombing of Cambodia; Apollo 11 landing on the moon; student antiwar protests from Harvard to Berkeley; disclosure of the My Lai massacre; the sexual revolution manifested on stage, in literature and movies, and at outdoor festivals; startling innovations in the music world; the “days of rage” protest kicked off during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago; the first message sent via the ARPANET, precursor of the Internet. Kirkpatrick asserts that 1969 was the birth of modern America and sets out to relate how this incredible year reflected deep underlying changes in American culture. The book is divided into four parts that roughly outline the year, including “sexual revolutions of springtime” and “the apocalyptic standoffs at year’s end.” A riveting look at a pivotal year. --Vanessa Bush --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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It feels very much like a hurried, unfinished work. Fully 32% of the digital version is made up of author's notes, references and indices.
So much more could have been written here. Except on the subject of baseball - which was covered quite thoroughly in this book.
I was disappointed to say the least.
This is a nice overview of some events that helped define the 60's and the beginning of the end of the flower power generation. I would recommend it to anyone who wants an idea of the major events of the year.