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1968 by Mark Kurlansky
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Dec 19, 2008

really liked it
Read in December, 2008

As the title suggests, this is a book about the year I graduated from high school and my first year in college. Surprisingly, I was unaware of the world events transpiring at the same time as the events in the U.S. that most effected my views evan today: civil rights unrest, the murders of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy and the student demonstrations. Kurlansky explains these events in more detail than I remember, but also talks about such events as the French student unrest, Praque Spring and the Russian invasion of Czechoslavakia (actually the same time as the Chicago Democrat Convention and the riots at that time), and the Mexican police brutality (and murder) to quell student unrest before the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. It was a fascinating book. The author also wrote Salt and Cod, which never really sounded very interesting to me before. Now, I think I may read those two also.
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