Woodstock, the moon landing, Charles Manson, Richard Nixon, the Vietnam War, and more. A must-read for baby boomers and the generations that came after!
Here is a rich, comprehensive narrative, chronicling an unparalleled year in American society in all its explosive ups and downs. 1969. The very mention of this year summons indelible memories.
• Woodstock and Altamont.
• Charles Manson and the Zodiac Killer.
• The televised moon landing
• Ted Kennedy’s address after Chappaquiddick.
• The Amazin’ Mets and Broadway Joe’s Jets.
• The Stonewall Riots and the Days of Rage.
• The first punk and metal albums hit the airwaves.
• Swinger culture became chic.
• The Santa Barbara oil slick and Cuyahoga River fire
• The My Lai massacre inspired impassioned debate on the Vietnam War.
• Richard Nixon spoke of “The Silent Majority” while John and Yoko urged us to “Give Peace a Chance.”
• And more!
In this rich and comprehensive narrative, Rob Kirkpatrick chronicles an unparalleled year in American society in all its explosive ups and downs.
I was there but missed most of it
This book was a jolt to my memory as well as a primer on things that occurred in my senior year of college. Seriously, I missed 2/3 of what I read here and the 1/3 I remember was what I saw on Huntley Brinkley news casts.
As I read this frightening record of America on the brink of destruction I realized that we are in some ways not quite that bad today, but far worse in others. The leftist revolution of the 60’s was perpetrated by drug addled idealists who moved the social meter far to the left.
Today’s civil unrest and loss of faith in government has some of those 60’s elements, but today the revolution is purposefully and clandestinely driven by Communist China supported by a hoard of wealthy US Internationalists who are ruthless in their drive to overthrow, not overhaul, the government and our social order and make it a socialist society controlled by them, all in the name of humanitarianism which will address social issue by removing individual freedom from the masses.
The use of film and music to describe the cultural shift of the late 60’s was interesting. Being very conservative in those days, I saw everything popular as evil and un-American. So I shunned the movies and the rock and drug scene. I studied in the library to stay out of the war while the war protesters were snaking across the campus below my window. I believed the war was fought for a good cause (still do) but I sure didn’t want to get killed for it. It was a time of fear and anger and now I see the protesters as more noble than I did then.
Anyway, this book stirred my mind and memory and gave me a new perspective on a very critical part of my life - and an even more critical time in the history of America.
Phew! I survived it.
Most people today don’t have a clue that any of this happened. I can’t imagine they would read such ancient history because they seem to preoccupied to care about it.