Coming Apart: An Informal History of America in the 1960's

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Ivan R. Dee, 1971 - History - 442 pages
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William L. O'Neill's masterly chronicle of the twentieth century's most confounding decade is an immensely readable book that combines wit with learning and seriousness with entertainment. Its emphasis is inevitably on politics, but it offers a brilliant yet balanced portrayal of the New Left, the counterculture, the civil rights movement, the plunge into Vietnam, the crisis in the universities, and the freakier aspects of the popular culture. It has endured as one of the great interpretations of the sixties.

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User Review  - AdrienneLaCava - LibraryThing

O'Neill laments the demise of the "new left," so alive and vibrant in the sixties as our nation crept to the brink over and over. I love the title and it suits the organization of his research ... Read full review

Coming Apart: An Informal History of America in the 1960's

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No decade since the 1920s has reached such mythological heights as the 1960s. O'Neill's 1971 study blows away some of the smokescreen surrounding that turbulent era. Read full review


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William L. O'Neill is professor of history at Rutgers University and author of A Democracy at War, Everyone Was Brave, American High, and other books in American history. He lives in Highland Park, New Jersey.

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