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

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Times Books, 1971 - History - 442 pages
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An analysis of the 1960's that brings to light new aspects of that turbulent decade.

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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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About the author (1971)

William Lawrence O'Neill was born in Big Rapids, Michigan on April 18, 1935. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he received a doctorate in history at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at the universities of Pittsburgh, Colorado, and Wisconsin. He taught at Rutgers University from 1971 until his retirement in 2006. He was a historian who examined America's political radicals and its not always wise behavior in war. He wrote several books including The Last Romantic: A Life of Max Eastman, Coming Apart: An Informal History of America in the 1960's, A Better World: The Great Schism: Stalinism and the American Intellectuals, American High: The Years of Confidence 1945-1960, and A Democracy at War: America's Fight at Home and Abroad in World War II. He died from septic shock and pneumonia on March 29, 2016 at the age of 80.

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