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1968 by Mark Kurlansky
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Jun 21, 2009

liked it

I enjoyed this book for several reasons:

(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 was more striking than the incidents of hippy students protesting for proletariat rights against authoritarian establishments and seeing actual workers or blue-collar cops respond violently to middle-class kids trying to represent the working class. I took away the feeling that an entire generation of self-described Marxist students failed to understand the irony of very real class conflict because of their paternalistic liberalism. I just have this creeping feeling that I would have been a kinda reactionary conservative guy on some issues in 1968.

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