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13 Seconds: A Look Back at the Kent State Shootings

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Thirteen seconds passed. Sixty-seven shots were fired. One nation watched . . .

On May 4, 1970, Ohio's Kent State University was in chaos following President Richard Nixon's announcement that the U.S. bombing of Cambodia would continue, with student protesters on one side and the National Guard on the other. That day, young Chicago Tribune reporter Philip Caputo had been
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Chamberlain Bros.
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Jeff Suwak
I thought this book was phenomenal.

Many books are dense with information. Many books are written by a true wordsmith. This book is that rare thing: a combination of the two.

The book is rather slim so serious scholars would likely have to augment this with other readings. However, every single line in here counts, both poetically and informatively.

Caputo was reporting when these events happened. His reporting here is objective and measured, and he delegates some degree of blame to all parties,
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Scott
As far as chronological event books go, this was a good one. We ran a 5-K race through the campus a couple months ago and ran right past the memorial as well as the parking lot where the fallen bodes are marked. I knew enough about the event to want to know more and have read Caputo's work before, so I thought I'd try it. What you get is an unbiased, complete look at what happened. He explains all possible scenarios and discusses the cause and effect of them all too. He refuses to take a side al ...more
Jon
This book adds virtually nothing to the body of literature already out there on the Kent State Massacre. Though the criticism seemed petty when I first heard it, the fact that Caputo calls Portage County "Porter County" in the context of the book is really lame. It smacks of a lack of familiarity with the area (or a 10 second Google search), and a rush to publish this book in time to capitalize on the 35th anniversary of May 4th in 2005 (the book came out just before then).

The reason why I give
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Jack
I decided to read this book because I've been having trouble finding a decent copy of James Michener's 1971 account of the Kent State shootings. I'm still on the lookout for Michener's book, which for some reason is out-of-print. Meanwhile I'll offer a quick review of Caputo's *13 Seconds*.

Caputo's book is slim and very skimpy, with not much to offer: First, a brief (barely 100 pages) recap of the Kent State incident and its aftermath, interspersed with Caputo's memories of reporting on it for t
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Tom Mueller
A DVD is included, covering much of the immediate History surrounding the Kent State "event". Interviews with those on both sides, and those in the middle. Engrossing; i would suggest this for any high school - and above - curriculum that deals with 20th Century History, OR political unrest, Vietnam protest . . .
Elissa Macarin
I went to Kent State and wanted to know more about the history of the May 4, 1970, shootings
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American author and journalist. Latest book is the travel memoir THE LONGEST ROAD. Best-known for A Rumor of War , a best-selling memoir of his experiences during the Vietnam War.
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