1968: The Year That Rocked The World

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Random House Paperbacks, 2005 - History - 441 pages
To some, 1968 was the year of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Yet it was also the year of the Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Kennedy assassinations; the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; Prague Spring; the antiwar movement and the Tet Offensive; Black Power; the generation gap; avant-garde theater; the upsurge of the women's movement; and the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union.

In this monumental book, Mark Kurlansky brings to teeming life the cultural and political history of that pivotal year, when television's influence on global events first became apparent, and spontaneous uprisings occurred simultaneously around the world. Encompassing the diverse realms of youth and music, politics and war, economics and the media, 1968 shows how twelve volatile months transformed who we were as a people–and led us to where we are today.
 

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This is what it says on the tin, a look at 1968, month by month, crisis by crisis. And it’s Mark Kurlansky, one of my favorite history writers, so it has a lot of positives. But, it is written with a ... Read full review

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Biographies of years are becoming increasingly common; we've had "!000", "1927" and "1932" recently (although we probably can't count "1984" as a biography) and here's the always top notch Mark ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER
3
CHAPTER
9
CHAPTER
15
8
25
The Winter of Our Discontent
32
A Dread Unfurling of the Bushy Eyebrow
38
To Breathe in a Polish Ear
64
Prague Spring
79
Monsieur We Think You Are Rotten
209
The Place to Be
238
The Summer Olympics
251
The Craft of Dull Politics
261
Phantom Fuzz Down by the Stockyards
269
The Sorrow of Prague East
287
The Ghastly Strain of a Smile
306
Apter
332

Heroes
103
A Polish Categorical Imperative I 18
118
Poetry Politics and a Tough Second Act
129
Sons and Daughters of the New Fatherland
143
Wagnerian Overtones of a
158
April Motherfuckers
178
2
339
In an Aztec Place 3 21
400
BIBLIOGRAPHY
405
INDEX
413
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Mark Kurlansky is the James A. Beard Award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World; Salt: A World History; The Basque History of the World; A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry; A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny; a collection of stories, The White Man in the Tree; and a children's book, The Cod's Tale; as well as the editor of Choice Cuts: A Savory Selection of Food Writing from Around the World and Throughout History. He lives in New York City.


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