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1968: Marching in the Streets

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Why is it that so many movements came into flower, so much conflict came to a head, so many landmark events both tragic and heroic all occurred in one milestone year? Students, socialites, workers, intellectuals, and artists participated in a political, cultural, and sexual revolution that challenged the established order around the world.The events of 1968 left us scarred ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 9th 1998 by Free Press
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Kichi
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
At once heartbreaking and emboldening, this chronicle of that tumultuous year of internationalism is something everyone must read. Almost every society in the world seemed to be reorganizing the system, and each had its own way of doing it. Every authority was challenged. There was a counterculture to every culture, a counter-revolution to every uprising. This is politics at its most basic, wherein every human being demands to be seen and heard as such.
Tim Pendry
Diary-like account of '68 by a radical participant looking back alongside a contemporary feminist. The 68-ers now seem to have won culturally but lost politically yet what really strikes home is just how profoundly evil US actions in Vietnam were and just how physically brave early civil rights activists and student demonstrators were. It was not long before some of these latter became either terrorist or tortured - or both. A quick and sometimes heart-breaking read about too much optimism of th ...more
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It is close to my heart,because I read it at 15 and it was my first serious radical book
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Excellent overview of the counter-culture, anti-war, anti-establishment global movements, mainly from young adults, in 1968. Because Tariq Ali is the main author, one won't be surprised to find such protest being framed in a Leftist perspective.

The truly global perspective on this crucial year's activism is one of this book's main attribute. Activists in Mexico and Japan, for example, are featured along with those in Western/developed states.

I can't recall now what Susan Natkins' contribution
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Tariq Ali (Punjabi, Urdu: طارق علی) (born 21 October 1943) is a British-Pakistani historian, novelist, filmmaker, political campaigner, and commentator. He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and regularly contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books.

He is the author of several books, including Can Pakistan Survive? The Death
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