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It was the year of sex and drugs and rock and roll; it was also the year of the Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy assassinations, the Prague Spring, the Chicago convention, the Tet offensive in Vietnam and the anti-war movement, the student rebellion that paralysed France, civil rights, the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union, and the birth of the women's movement. With 1968: The Year that Rocked the World, award-winning journalist Mark Kurlansky has written his Magnum opus - a cultural and political history of that world-changing year of social upheaval, when television's impact on global events first became apparent, and when simultaneously - in Paris, Prague, London, Berkeley, and all over the globe - uprisings spontaneously occurred. 1968 encompasses the worlds of youth and music, politics, war, economics, assassinations, riots, demonstrations and the media, and shows us how we got to where we are today.




"In this highly opinionated and highly readable history, Kurlansky makes a case for why "1968 has lasting relevance in the United States and around the world. Whether you agree or disagree with its points, you'll find it makes for fascinating reading."
--DAN RATHER, CBS News
"Highly readable . . . a rich perspective . . . Kurlansky is a writer of remarkable talents and interests."
-San Francisco Chronicle
Carefully researched and remarkably readable . . . Kurlansky has done a yeoman's job of amassing an incredible amount of information and making it accessible for today's reader. . . . What a year it was."
-The Denver Post
Splendid . . . evocative . . . No one before Kurlansky has managed to evoke so rich a set of experiences in so many different places-and to keep the story humming."
-Chicago Tribune
Kurlansky writes with a historian's diligence. . . . [He] traces skillfully the astounding streams of revolt converging in that historic year. . . . A colorful, highly evocative report on the awfulness and the idealism of the time."
-The Seattle Times
"A cornucopia of astounding events and audacious originality . . . Like a reissue of a classic album or a PBS documentary, this book is about a subject it's hard to imagine people ever tiring of revisiting. They just don't make years like 1968 very often."
-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"1968 breathes a new life into these moments. . . . Kurlansky has a flair for bringing wit and breezy intelligence to his subjects."
-Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Fascinating . . . [Kurlansky] re-creates events with flair and drama."
-Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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