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1968: The Year That Rocked the World


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Reading Group Guide

1. How did the explosive worldwide social movements of 1968 make that year unique?

2. What was the international impact of the civil rights movement on the events of 1968?

3. What progress or setbacks have there been in the status of women since that time?

4. How did television influence that years events?

5. How does the mass media of today differ from 1968s?

6. What was the global significance of the Prague Spring?

7. What events of 1968 would not occur today?

8. How is it that such a tragic year arouses nostalgia in so many people?

9. Was the world a better place before 1968, or do you feel there have been changes for the better since that year?

10. What lessons might we learn from the events of 1968?

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Kurlansky, Mark
Random House Trade
United States - 20th Century/60s
Modern - 20th Century
Social history
Political History
Nineteen sixties
Nineteen sixty-eight, A.D.
World History-1650 to Present
General History
history;1960s;politics;non-fiction;american history;20th century;culture;radicalism;counterculture;vietnam;revolution;world history;political history;social history;usa;prague spring;martin luther king;civil rights;hippies;vietnam war;france;20th century
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Product details 480 pages Random House Trade - English 9780345455826 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Mark Kurlansky cuts a wide swath in his very broad but engaging survey of one extraordinarily tumultuous year....Kurlansky, the author of Cod and Salt, could have indeed indulged in a lot more 'what a cool time it was' back-patting, but his tone throughout remains mercifully unhip and balanced. 1968 makes the argument, and persuasively so, that this was the year that got us, for better or worse, where we are today." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "A masterful chronicle....Doing what he does best, Kurlansky brings a descriptive glow to his subject....Says so much so well about a year that still steals your breath away, even with so many of its hopes dashed."
"Review" by , "[W]hat can be gained from yet another Boomer report on the 1960s? Surprisingly, quite a bit....This is very fine — and surprisingly timely..."
"Review" by , "To read this book is to be transported to a very specific past at once more naive and more mature than today....1968 is a thorough and loving (perhaps a bit too loving of the boomer generation) tapestry — or time capsule."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , To some, 1968 was the year of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Yet it was also the year of the Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Kennedy assassinations; the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; Prague Spring; the antiwar movement and the Tet Offensive; Black Power; the generation gap; avant-garde theater; the upsurge of the womens movement; and the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union.

In this monumental book, Mark Kurlansky brings to teeming life the cultural and political history of that pivotal year, when televisions influence on global events first became apparent, and spontaneous uprisings occurred simultaneously around the world. Encompassing the diverse realms of youth and music, politics and war, economics and the media, 1968 shows how twelve volatile months transformed who we were as a people-and led us to where we are today.

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