Kent State: What Happened and why

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Fawcett Crest, 1971 - Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970 - 512 pages
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KENT STATE: What Happened And Why

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Michener and staff have produced a collage, now appearing in the Reader's Digest, of graphic second-hand accounts, reconstructions of student life and town sentiment, interpretations and ... Read full review

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Kent State was a shocker. Our parents thought the shootings were justified. The youth saw it as an act of a repressive government. Michener shows that both viewpoints are correct.
He gives all
sides of the story. Young guardsmen who were terrified of an angry student body. Young students who felt strongly about the war. Students who were there to see what happened next. And, most significantly, professional rabble rousers who were there for one reason: to cause a stir.
Kent State's tragedy would likely have never happened without these gadflies, some of whom really didn't care about ending the war. Kudos to Michener for finding the true villains in the account.


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James A. Michener was born on February 3, 1907 in Doylestown, Pa. He earned an A.B. from Swarthmore College, an A.M. from Colorado State College of Education, and an M.A. from Harvard University. He taught for many years and was an editor for Macmillan Publishing Company. His first book, "Tales of the South Pacific," derived from Michener's service in the Pacific in World War II, won the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was the basis for the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical South Pacific, which won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Michener completed close to 40 novels. Some other epic works include "Hawaii," "Centennial," "Space," and "Caribbean." He also wrote a significant amount of nonfiction including his autobiography "The World Is My Home." Among his many other honors, James Michener received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. He was married to Patti Koon in 1935; they divorced in 1948. He married Vange Nord in 1948 (divorced 1955) and Mari Yoriko Sabusawa in 1955 (deceased 1994). He died in 1997 in Austin, Texas.

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