- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Fawcett Crest Books; First Edition edition (November 1971)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0011CX0Q2
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,978,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kent State: What Happened and Why Paperback – November, 1971
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This book was fascinating. How Michener and his staff managed to do such detailed and intricate research, and compose and have published a 500-page book barely a year after the event, is nothing short of incredible. It's only drawback, as others have mentioned, is that it was written so close to the incident that there is no real "distance" perspective, and it made me want to read more current books on the subject.
I was six years old when the Kent State incident occured. I always knew of it, of course, but knew only the barest details. I'm a conservative guy, and I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the brave men and women in the military, especially those in harm's way defending OUR freedoms. But after reading this book, even I was saying, "why did these guys open fire?" There certainly didn't seem to be any need to. Some students were throwing rocks and tear-gas cannisters back at the Guard, but most evidence shows that they weren't any closer than 40 or 50 yards away at the most. I concluded (as does Michener) that those who fired into the crowd were mostly scared, poorly trained kids, most that had never seen any kind of combat, and that thought they were in more danger than they actually were.Read more ›
I have read several of the major books on Kent State and I think that William A. Gordon's "Four Dead in Ohio" is the most comprehensive and rewarding. Gordon provides perspective and logical arguments, even if some of the questions cannot be completely answered.
Concise biographical portraits of the four slain students are provided for the reader in a timely, seamless way. Mr. Michener's development of multiple, true story lines affords the reader a well-informed view into actual events. His seasoned, expertly fictional history as a teller of great historical epics lends this journalistic account a dramatic tension and denouement that is rare in non-fiction.
I read this book for research. As an author writing a novel about that period--when I also was a college student--I find that Michener's treatment of those fatal shootings at Kent State in May 1970 has provided exactly the historical background I was looking for.
A few short weeks after this tragedy happened, I left Louisiana to spend the summer of 1970 selling dictionaries in Ohio. When I returned to Louisiana for fall semester at LSU, I was wearing an "OHIO" T-shirt. Now I know why. There was a lot going on there that represented the soul of student discontent during the Vietnam war. Michener's extensive study explains a lot about what I--and many others in college at that time--were feeling. As Graham Nash had sung. . ."Four dead in Ohio," James A. Michener went up there to that war-torn state and dug up the facts on, not only the events, but the ascertainable motivations and angst that must have moved Allison, Jeff, Sandy and Bill to be in the Taylor Hall parking lot that fateful day.
This historical work is a landmark of the Boomer generation's ongoing search for itself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Compelling description of a tragedy. Michener is good but he does repeat a great deal and as always he goes on too long.Published 15 months ago by L. D. Jeavons
James Michener cashed in on the deaths of four innocent Kent State students writing this whitewash. He got kudos from Nixon. He made a lot of money. Read morePublished 16 months ago by D L Fry
Bought this for my Husband and he loved reading it, and plans on sharing with friends.
My high school history teacher and many people I know from my community are referenced in this book. You have to remember what "kind of writer" Mr. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Suzanne Hoffman
Kent State does exactly what the title suggests; it explains what happened during the Kent State riots and why. Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. d'Artagnan Love
Nice condition. Great price. Fast shipping. Obviously fiction written for the government. Avoidance of all facts.Published 21 months ago by Alexander Ferdinand