1968: The Year That Rocked the World by Mark KurlanskyBrings to teeming life the cultural and political history of the pivotal year of 1968, when televisions 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 womens 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 televisions 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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Calendar years, decades, centuries are units of chronological time but not historical time. Eric Hobsbawm acknowledges this when he chooses to navigate the "short 20th century". As Mark Kurlansky concedes rather late in the day, "there was and and all the earlier years that made what it was". China's Red Guards had started waving their little red books and "struggling" against "the black line of President Liu Shao Ch'I" in The traumatic student occupation at the London School of Economics occurred in March , one month before 1, young Americans burned their draft cards and the Russell-Sartre Vietnam War Crimes Tribunal opened in Stockholm. The major black burn- ins of American cities belonged to ; likewise the Six Day War, the attempted hippie "levitation" of the Pentagon, the insurrectionary outbreak at Nanterre university in Paris, and the death of Che Guevara in Bolivia. In short, was a hard act to follow, as I knew when I published the year of the barricades.