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No decade in American history continues to fascinate us like the Sixties. No decade combines such hopeful idealism with such violence and disillusionment, or witnesses such profound political, cultural, and personal upheavals. And no decade benefits more from being seen through the eyes of those who experienced firsthand the shocks and revelations that still reverberate to No decade in American history continues to fascinate us like the Sixties. No decade combines such hopeful idealism with such violence and disillusionment, or witnesses such profound political, cultural, and personal upheavals. And no decade benefits more from being seen through the eyes of those who experienced firsthand the shocks and revelations that still reverberate today. Newly revised and updated, with an expanded introduction, From Camelot to Kent State tells the story of ten of the most dramatic years in the life of America-and of fifty-nine men and women who lived through those years. In their own words, civil rights activists, soldiers who fought in Vietnam, anti-war protesters, student radicals, feminists, Peace Corps workers, and many others take us inside the major events and movements of the period. Far from a dispassionate history of the Sixties, these stories bristle with the tension and immediacy of lived experience. How did it feel to wake up into step out of a helicopter into a Vietnamese jungle; to ride south on a freedom bus, to march on the Pentagon; to take over a college administration building; to hear Jimi Hendrix play the national anthem at Woodstock; to attend the first consciousness-raising meetings for women at the Bread and Roses caf�? This captivating oral history will let you know. Included are first-hand accounts from both the famous-including Eldridge Cleaver, Abbie Hoffman, Philip Berrigan, and John Lewis-and the ordinary men and women who were swept up in major historical events, From Camelot to Kent State offers a uniquely valuable view of a decade that forever changed the history and consciousness of America.


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No decade in American history continues to fascinate us like the Sixties. No decade combines such hopeful idealism with such violence and disillusionment, or witnesses such profound political, cultural, and personal upheavals. And no decade benefits more from being seen through the eyes of those who experienced firsthand the shocks and revelations that still reverberate to No decade in American history continues to fascinate us like the Sixties. No decade combines such hopeful idealism with such violence and disillusionment, or witnesses such profound political, cultural, and personal upheavals. And no decade benefits more from being seen through the eyes of those who experienced firsthand the shocks and revelations that still reverberate today. Newly revised and updated, with an expanded introduction, From Camelot to Kent State tells the story of ten of the most dramatic years in the life of America-and of fifty-nine men and women who lived through those years. In their own words, civil rights activists, soldiers who fought in Vietnam, anti-war protesters, student radicals, feminists, Peace Corps workers, and many others take us inside the major events and movements of the period. Far from a dispassionate history of the Sixties, these stories bristle with the tension and immediacy of lived experience. How did it feel to wake up into step out of a helicopter into a Vietnamese jungle; to ride south on a freedom bus, to march on the Pentagon; to take over a college administration building; to hear Jimi Hendrix play the national anthem at Woodstock; to attend the first consciousness-raising meetings for women at the Bread and Roses caf�? This captivating oral history will let you know. Included are first-hand accounts from both the famous-including Eldridge Cleaver, Abbie Hoffman, Philip Berrigan, and John Lewis-and the ordinary men and women who were swept up in major historical events, From Camelot to Kent State offers a uniquely valuable view of a decade that forever changed the history and consciousness of America.

30 review for From Camelot to Kent State: The Sixties Experience in the Words of Those Who Lived It

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Interesting and informative, not academically serious I received this book as a gift and found it an enjoyable, quick and easy read. I'm a twentysomething who often felt I grew up in the shadow of the 60s, so I can't speak to the accuracy of the interviews but have long been intrigued by the period. I learned a fair amount about what happened in the 60s, and the format helps put you in the minds of the selected participants. I think any historical study should include direct testimonials, and in t Interesting and informative, not academically serious I received this book as a gift and found it an enjoyable, quick and easy read. I'm a twentysomething who often felt I grew up in the shadow of the 60s, so I can't speak to the accuracy of the interviews but have long been intrigued by the period. I learned a fair amount about what happened in the 60s, and the format helps put you in the minds of the selected participants. I think any historical study should include direct testimonials, and in that sense I found the book helpful but by no means comprehensive, and not that well balanced. The testimonials shed light on a few critical areas: the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and its detractors, sexual liberation, the women's movement and student protest. The accounts included in the book are pretty weighted toward the left, which as a liberal was somewhat comfortable, but it would have been better to hear from authority and establishment figures as well: police officers, academic administrators, parents, elected officials. The book offers no analysis of the success or failures of its participants' actions, or their lasting effects. It also would help if the interviews were more current as they seem about 10 years behind. However, it was interesting to see where these people are now, and it was encouraging that most of them stand by their actions and continue living lives that manifest similar beliefs. And it was good to hear from some who became cynical and/or conservative. Some subjects interviewed were more articulate than others, but a handful I found very lucid and insightful. I gleaned several ideas for avenues I might pursue in studying the 1960s. Overall, I would recommend this book if you are trying to make some sense of the 1960s in America. It's worth the short time it takes to read. But I would definitely include it among many books rather than relying on it too heavily; it's not an especially profound or analytical examination of the topic.

  2. 5 out of 5

    C

    I've read a lot of books on the 1960s. What made this one different from all the others was that is was about and by people who lived through some of the biggest cultural moments of the decade. Topics covered Vietnam - those who went and those who didn't, civil rights, the counterculture, women's movement and so much. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what it was like during one of the most turbulent decades of recent memory. I've read a lot of books on the 1960s. What made this one different from all the others was that is was about and by people who lived through some of the biggest cultural moments of the decade. Topics covered Vietnam - those who went and those who didn't, civil rights, the counterculture, women's movement and so much. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what it was like during one of the most turbulent decades of recent memory.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Estahli

    Having grown up during this time in history, the book was very interesting to me.

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