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The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage Paperback – July 1, 1993
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He is scrupulously fair--fair to his own principles and fair to his own experiences, but equally fair with regard to reality. He does not whitewash the sixties; he chronicles them. He does so with a clear eye for their idealism and their earnestness as well as their excess. He sees their successes and he sees their long-term deleterious effects.
Basically, the story is a simple one. The sixties' political movements worked in two directions: to help others and to free the self. The former was much more successful than the latter. The former now enjoys widespread support (for black civil rights and women's rights in particular). The protests against the war and the manner in which the war was justified and prosecuted are a more complex issue that continues to be divisive. The expansion of the space for the self, on the other hand, is more subject to criticism, particularly in the effects which Gitlin itemizes--the ravages of drugs, challenges to family commitment, out of wedlock births, grade inflation, and so on.
The book is long, as it needs to be, but it is beautifully written. The style is paratactic and additive, breathlessly listing events, names, issues, lifestyles, successes and ravages. A number of sociologists write well, but few as well as Gitlin. He is also a novelist.Read more ›
Mr. Gitlin's ambitious effort to cut through the nostalgia and myth surrounding the 60's takes an unusual form. Working, as he puts it, ''at the edge of history and autobiography,'' he has written a wide-ranging narrative that oscillates between the first and third person, incorporating both new research on key episodes and potted histories of folk-rock music, hippies, the origins of the women's movement and so forth.
What is important in the book - and what makes it required reading for anyone who wants to grasp the youthful spirit of the time - is the author's highly personal chronicle of the rise and violent collapse of the New Left. Without false sentimentality, he re-creates the political odyssey of the radicals of his generation, as well as his own role in that odyssey.
My particular research, and reason for reading this book, relates to the demise of SDS, and in discussing this, Gitlin frequently talks in greater detail about personalities rather than abstract, but vital, political fact. Indeed, on several occasions the author goes as far as to declare his personal dislike for several of the Weatherman leaders on the grounds of their political differences. Certainly not the stuff of academic surveys.
Perhaps best taken and used as a well-written and historically precarious yet valuable biography, rather than as some kind of definitive text of the 60s. Contains full notes and index, but no bibliographic essay.
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This is a great book, but maybe a little bit too enthusiastic.Published 1 month ago by John E. Banks
Came on time and everything went well. Shipping was fast and I had no issues here.Published 2 months ago by Felicity C.
I looked forward eagerly to reading an overview and analysis of events that I experienced from the inside (BA Columbia, 1965; MA University of Chicago, 1967; PhD Columbia, 1973). Read morePublished 12 months ago by Steven Farron
This Book Has To Many Words..
Found It In My Local Bus And Read Only Two
Pages. I Thought I Would Smart But It's Too Boring.
In good condition! This was used for a very important paper I had to write. Good book for my collection.Published on June 29, 2014 by Omid Ghoreyan
The title of the book suggested a broader assessment of the sixties which is why I chose it. It does provide an interesting history of the Students For A Democratic Society (SDS)... Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 by Dale Speetzen
This book is thick with very small print. After reviewing the intro and chapters I chose to let my own empirical experiences of the 60's remain as they are. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Charles M
There is an old curse which goes, "May you live in interesting times." For many of the "over 30" generation that era was "interesting," while for the rest of us, it was scary and... Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by WJA Attiberry
Overall this book is pretty boring but some parts (particularly the parts about drugs and music) are pretty interesting. Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by Tor-dizzle