Date Published: January 11, 2005
Source: Own Copy
Date Read: April 14-21, 2019
Brings to teeming life the cultural and political history of the pivotal year of 1968, when television's influence on global events first became apparent, and spontaneous uprisings occurred simultaneously around the world.
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.
Outstanding look at the world in 1968. There is no hippies or Summer of Love peace, love, and drugs; this is serious analysis of a world that is increasingly interconnected and influenced by one another. The most interesting part for me is how Kurlansky shows how the post World War II generation grew up and grew apart from previous generations, especially in Germany, France, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. Highly recommend.