Katrina's Reviews > Boom!: Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today

Boom! by Tom Brokaw
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Jun 09, 2009

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bookshelves: adult, non-fiction
Recommended to Katrina by: Aram Public Library Book Discussion
Recommended for: Those born from 1940-1970
Read in June, 2009

Good overview of those who influenced and were influenced by the events of the sixties. Brokaw gives an effective survey of many different individuals and personalities, avoiding the polarized views of the decade, and rather showing the complexities of a rather pivotal ten years. The result is a whole lot of anecdotes, without much deep analysis. Written in an engaging style, weaving his own personal experience in and out of the profiles. One complaint is that the book focuses more on the famous and less on ordinary people. I would have liked to seen a few more profiles of urban, small town and suburban folk who were not in the spotlight, and how the decade influenced their lives. One good connection he draws is to the particular trends and similarities that relate the first decade of the 21st century to the 60s: with the US involved in a unwinnable, unpopular war and the Bobby Kennedy-esque inspiration that Obama gives to younger voters (2004 was the first election to turn out a record number of younger voters since 1971 [when the 26th Amendment made 18 the legal voting age:]). While some of the references to people or events went over my head (I was born in 1982!), this was still an interesting and worthwhile read.
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