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
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
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
The US was mired in the longest-running war in American history at the time (Vietnam), though it was dubious whether we should have even been there or whether it was winnable. We are in a similar situation today with the conflicts in the Middle East.
Richard Nixon's "Southern Strategy" was the gameplan for using racism to win elections. This strategy has been huge in determining elections since t ...more
Kurlansky's "1968" puts the times into perspective. The assassinations of MLK and RFK. The Shakespearean tragedy of LBJ. Prague Spring. May '68. Student uprisings around the world. Ghetto uprisings around the country. The Democratic Convention debacle in Chicago and the inspiring hope of the Apollo program.
I remember many of these events seeping into our lives f ...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 also finished reading Mark Kurlanskyâs book, 1968: The Year that Rocked the World, (New York: Ballantine Books, 2004) last week, a book that got me to put down my memories of the year in four recent posts. Although â68 was a violent year, it now seems tame when comparing it to 16th Century Thailand. Although I donât want to go into detail about the book, feeling that Iâve already written enough about that year let me say a few things about it. Kurlansky ...more
+ The example that was set in the early 1960s by the civil rights movement.
+ A generation that felt so different and alienated that it rejected all authority.
+ A war that was universally hated, providing a cause célèbre.
+ The emergence of yet-loosely controlled, and therefore much more raw and direct, television.
The book's interesting, but also feels a bit quaint. Focusing primarily on the U.S., with ...more
Providing a wealth of background using currently available archive material especially on the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and events in Poland Kurlansky provides insights into what went on behind the scenes. His contention that Nixon changed the face ...more
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
Mar a bheifeá ag súil leis leanann an leabhar ord cróineolaíoch na bliana 1968, ach an t-údar a bheith ag léim thart ó thír go tír. Ar ndóigh, is Meiriceánach é an t-údar agus ba mhinic a dhírigh sé a aird ar a raibh ag titim amach sna Stáit Aontaithe.
Más spéis leat stair na 1960í, go háirithe na ...more
"Although it might have seemed logical to follow his successful books Cod (1997) and Salt (2002) with Olive Oil, Kurlansky has a different agenda this time out. But what can be gained from yet another Boomer report on the 1960s? Surprisingly, quite a bit. In examining the momentous events of 1968, he refolds the map so the U.S. is no longer the center of student protest. Though this "spontaneous combustion of rebellious spirits around the world"--including countries such as Poland, Czecho ...more
Well, it is a brisk and thrilling read. You ...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