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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2000

    Readable but could be improved

    I have used this work in my undergraduate survey course of American history with some success. The book is readable and well structured but occassionally lapses into unsupported opinion at the expense of clarity. For example, the author sets the stage for the changes that would occur in the 60s by describing new year's eve activities of various notables. In mentioning President Eisenhower he suggests that he spent the evening at Augusta, Georgia, surrounded by the rich and famous, in an eviroment where 'racial jokes' were the norm, thus implying that Ike, if not a racist, was at least insensitive. I don't feel it fair to condemn a person by association particularly if there is a paucity of supporting data. An otherwise good effort, the book could be better with the inclusion of a picture or two. What could be better than a picture of H. Rap Brown or a generic hippie when exploring the 'zeitgeist' of the period? The author hits the highpoints of the era and I recommed it for supplemental reading.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    definately informative

    this book was quite informative. I had to read this over the summer for my history AP class, and I understand alot more about the social changes that happend in the 1960's and early 1970's. It mostly talked about the political and social side to the changes in american culture; the presidents of the time and thier discions; how they effected the outcome of america.I had really no idea and this book helped me get a broader undertanding.

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