With 1968, Mark Kurlansky brings to teeming life the cultural and political history of that world-changing year of social upheaval. People think of it as the year of sex, drugs, and rock and...more
The reasons for this opinion are several. For one thing, he doesn't confine himself to the USA. Extensive coverage is provided fo...more
Pulling out from the individual conflict I did know and felt personally the war versus peace and love but little did I know of what was happening world wide. This book takes the magnifying glass and zeros in on a conflict from the persons at...more
If, like me, you wish you had been a young person in the 1960s, this is a must-read. 1968 is remembered as the year when the forces for true democracy changed the world. It was the year when Dylan and Ginsberg became prophets, when TV began to change the media...more
I think, given the author's other books,he is a "neat" person.
Kurlansky is master of small ceremonies. Author of Salt: A World History and Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, he examines another deceptively small thing in 1968: a year. He draws together disparate people and events in a global portrait of revolutionary change. Kurlansky is the first to admit that his youthful, anti-Vietnam bent is anything but objective; after all, he came of age during the turbulent
I write this review at the beginning of 2014, 46 years after the events described in Kurlansky’s epic book. As a high school student back then in 1968, and now, as someone living in the 21st century, I can’t help but marvel at the contrast in society. Yes, this book has captured the temper of the times. I particularly liked his global perspective; Africa, Europe, Russia, as well as America. Everywhere people who felt themselves disenfranchised rose in protest...more
Well, it is a brisk and thrilling read. You...more
The folly of the world's leaders at the time is shocking, but more shocking is the fact that our elected leaders continue to operate so idiotically.
The book is hard to put down, but I...more
kurlansky writes that 1968 was the year that "impossible things seemed possible," he then quotes a slogan taken from a wall in paris: BE REALISTIC, ASK FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE. this was the year that revolution seemed tangible and all over the world students and workers wer...more
+1 for information. Kurlansky crams a lot of facts and events into one book, giving a whirlwind tour of the Civil Rights movement, the Prague spring, Paris student uprising, Polish resistance, and Biafran war in Nigeria.
+1 for leveling the playing field. No one event is treated as more important than the other; the Polish resistance and Biafran war are given equal billing with the more well-known Civil Rights movement and Democratic Convention's Chicago riots.
-1 for uneven detai...more
Mark Kurlansky has set himself the task of writing the history of 1968, a year of rock n roll n rebellions. Much of the focus of the book is on the student movements that erupted across the world, principally in France, the United States, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Mexico and Germany, though Kurlansky still finds room to deal with the Vietnam War, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the war in Biafra, as well as topics such as feminism, and the popular philosophy and literature...more
One of the huge accomplishments here is that Kurlansky handled the difficult balance of duly focusing on important...more
(a) Kurlansky's schtick has been telling history through the lens of catalysts, from salt to cod to basques. I didn't much like Salt because it bogged down in small stories and lacked coherence, but I found 1968 an impressive exercise in connecting a huge number of somewhat isolated sub-plots from around the world.
(b) I liked that Kurlansky was honest with his bias and much funnier for it.
(c) this book helped justify my latent dislike for hippies. Nothing...more
However, I did enjoy how he focused not just on the typical "white privileged college kids opposing the war in Vietnam," but brought in perspectives and revolutions from all over the world. I...more
Kurlansky attended Butler University, where he harbored an early interest in theatre and earned a BA in 1970. However, his interest faded and he began to work as a journalist in...more