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  1. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    Today marks 50 years since four students lost their lives at the hands of National Guardsmen on the campus of Kent State University. This nearly-forgotten book, written by an independent researcher with the support of a United Methodist Church agency, was the first major work to closely examine key questions about the shootings. Were the guardsmen in danger of being attacked by students before firing a 13-second volley of bullets into the crowd? Did a small group of guardsmen plot to target spec Today marks 50 years since four students lost their lives at the hands of National Guardsmen on the campus of Kent State University. This nearly-forgotten book, written by an independent researcher with the support of a United Methodist Church agency, was the first major work to closely examine key questions about the shootings. Were the guardsmen in danger of being attacked by students before firing a 13-second volley of bullets into the crowd? Did a small group of guardsmen plot to target specific students, and later conspire to fabricate a false narrative about the incident? Did the Nixon administration fail to exert the maximum effort to ensure that justice was served during the post-shooting investigations? Davies, applying a concise "legal brief" strategy, makes the case that the guardsmen and the Nixon administration were guilty on all counts. General readers might prefer Howard Means' recent popular history, 67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence. Reflecting the large number of source materials made available since Davies' book was published in 1973, it paints a much fuller portrait of the incident and the time period. Davies, however, provides a point-by-point dissection of the shootings, a useful summary of the early government investigations into the matter, and a truly haunting collection of photos. Five stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    James

    I found this book as a young adult, shortly after realizing that the events had taken place on my 7th birthday. I was somewhat aware of the protests going on at the time, but not the details and certainly not the fact that the government had killed four students on my birthday. This book is the result of a thorough and thoughtful investigation of the fatal errors in leadership and also the many commonalities between the victims and the perpetrators of these killings.

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