The Year the Dream Died: Revisiting 1968 in America
The assassination of Kennedy & Luther King, the Tet offensive in Vietnam, campus riots & the election of Nixon. The year is 1968 & for millions of Americans the dream of a nation facing up to basic problems at home & abroad were shattered.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Grand Central Publishing
(first published 1997)
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This book, which dedicates a chapter to each month of 1968, really gets into the weeds of all that happened socially and politically in that turbulent year. However, if you're willing to devote the effort, the book is remarkably insightful, providing striking parallels between that year and the one at hand. From the early primary battles involving a New York Senator, a Texan President overseeing an unpopular war, and even a Republican candidate named Romney, to the tragedies of that Spring and t...more
Since I didn't grow up during this time period, I can't reflect on my own perspective, but I must say I really enjoyed this book. It provided a month-by-month recap of everything politics, culture, lifestyle for 1968. If you like history, Jules Witcover does a great job of making this more than just a textbook.
I was 18 in 1968, the year I graduated from high school and went to college. It was the year that I met my wife to be. It was also the year the Robert Kennedy was shot and Martin Luther King assasinated. It was a watershed year but this book does not capture it.