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67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence Hardcover – April 12, 2016
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In Howard Means' fine hands, we discern how the terrible events at Kent State unfoldedrelentlessly, ineluctablylike a Greek tragedy. Through dogged and imaginative reporting, 67 Shots shows us how the tragedy fed into, and was fed by, the larger maelstrom of the times. In this definitive account, Means has deftly extracted Kent State from the amber and exposed it to fresh air once again.”Hampton Sides, author of In the Kingdom of Ice and Hellhound On His Trail
Howard Means does a marvelous job of weaving together the many strands of memory and the records of the times to create a nuanced portrayal of a moment in American history too often reduced to the lyrics of a Neil Young song. This balanced account does justice to the perspectives of students, National Guardsmen, campus administrators, and local residents alike, both for and against the demonstrations.”Kenneth Hammond, Chairman, Department of History, New Mexico State University, and Kent State student-protest leader (1970)
San Francisco Book Review, 4/4/16
Howard Means' look at a horrible moment in US history is crucial to understanding the law, politics, basic rights and how occasionally all three clash, and how the former fail the latter.”
Library Journal, 4/15/16
An intimate look at a tragedy that could not be predicted but was perhaps inevitable.”
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 4/22/16
Means draws upon scores of interviews and a rich archival record to dispel numerous myths that have grown up around the events culminating on May 4, 1970, with four dead in Ohio.”
Columbus Dispatch, 4/24/16
67 Shots is indispensable in understanding the sine-wave pattern of tension that began on the streets of Kent three nights before National Guardsmen fired on protesters.”
Washington Independent Review of Books, 4/26/16
A fresh look at an era-defining U.S. tragedy.”
Christian Science Monitor, 5/10/16
This isn't history writing at a distance. Means interviewed many of the players, major and minor, in this tragedy. Their personal stories give 67 Shots a deeply human feel and turn it into one of the most heartbreaking books in memory.”
Means weaves a precise and comprehensive narrative that paints an accurate and balanced retelling of events.”
Providence Journal, 6/2/16
Means manages to grab Kent State from the murky recesses of our national memory. In so doing, he shows how the Vietnam War affected everything about our own sense of ourselves.”
"[Howard] Means provides the most careful examination of the tragedy that beset Kent State University and the US on May 4, 1970."
―Choice, December 2016
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I grew up in the 60's and 70's, and so was fascinated to learn at this distance what actually happened, to the extent that can be reconstructed. And I live today in a hugely divided America, where trust is rare, and the demonization of the other side commonplace. This is a great book, both for then and for now. Buy it! Read it!
I have followed the much of what has been written and movies or documentaries over the last 46 years. 67 shots, written 46 years after the Kent State Massacre is by far the best researched and best written account I have read. Mr. Means has also looked back from at what the those times were all about then and what the Kent State situation means historically in the big picture looking back over all these years.
Would our launch into the real world be delayed?
I remember watching Nixon' Presentation on Cambodia on TV. IT'S had a high draft lottery number so the War in Vietnam and KENT State were a million miles away.
This book awakened me to the true, complete story.
There was more to it than finals and graduation.
A must read for anyone who went to college in in the 1960's and early 1970's.
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