13 Seconds: A Look Back at the Kent State Shootings

13 Seconds: A Look Back at the Kent State Shootings

by Philip Caputo
     
 
Thirteen seconds passed. Sixty-seven shots were fired. One nation watched . . .

On May 4, 1970, Ohio's Kent State University was in chaos following President Richard Nixon's announcement that the U.S. bombing of Cambodia would continue, with student protesters on one side and the National Guard on the other. That day, young Chicago Tribune reporter Philip

Overview

Thirteen seconds passed. Sixty-seven shots were fired. One nation watched . . .

On May 4, 1970, Ohio's Kent State University was in chaos following President Richard Nixon's announcement that the U.S. bombing of Cambodia would continue, with student protesters on one side and the National Guard on the other. That day, young Chicago Tribune reporter Philip Caputo had been sent to the campus to cover what looked like just another student uprising. But by the time he arrived, things had erupted into one of the watershed moments of the antiwar movement, with four students dead and nine wounded in a hail of bullets fired by panicked guardsmen. Now, thirty-five years later, the author of A Rumor of War looks back on that terrible day, discussing his own emotions, the nature of political discourse and civil disobedience, and what happened to those who were there and how they still live with the pain and anger every day. It was a time when America turned upon itself and our nation's innocence was lost.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Caputo, best known for his groundbreaking Vietnam memoir, A Rumor of War, uses his strong reporting skills to reconstruct the events of May 4, 1970, when National Guard troops in Ohio opened fire on Kent State University students during an antiwar rally, killing four and wounding nine. Caputo covered the aftermath as a 28-year-old Chicago Tribune reporter, three years removed from his tour of duty as a Marine lieutenant in Vietnam. After returning to Kent State in the fall of 2004, he produces an eloquent narrative sprinkled with his strongly voiced opinions on Vietnam, Richard Nixon ("that glowering man with the soul of Lear") and the tenor of the times ("Cops had become vandals, the forces of disorder and those of order had fused"). At Kent State, he writes, "the forces of authority had gotten away with murder." Caputo's retelling of the "massacre," as he calls it, and its aftermath is a worthy addition to the record. On the other hand, Caputo's reflections are relatively brief-an extended essay. An appendix with the 1970 report of the President's Commission on Campus Unrest, may complete the story but makes for dry reading. (May) FYI: The book will include a DVD of the Emmy-winning 2000 TV documentary Kent State: The Day the War Came Home. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596090804
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Edition description:
BK & DVD
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Philip Caputo is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Rumor of War and numerous novels. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 as part of an investigative team for the Chicago Tribune, and his coverage of his experience as a captive of Palestinian guerrillas won him the Overseas Press Club's George Polk Citation.

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