1969: The Year Everything Changed

1969: The Year Everything Changed

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by Rob Kirkpatrick
     
 

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“Kirkpatrick makes a good case that 1969 was a year of landmark achievements, cataclysmic episodes and generation-defining events.”—USA TodaySee more details below

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“Kirkpatrick makes a good case that 1969 was a year of landmark achievements, cataclysmic episodes and generation-defining events.”—USA Today

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Library Journal

In this compelling and freewheeling account, Kirkpatrick (The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen) treats the tumultuous events of 1969 with the skills of a journalist, a historian, a sociologist, and a sportswriter and manages to insert moments of lightness and triviality into his grand tour. He writes as easily about jazz-pop as about the rise of the American Indian Movement. He follows a harrowing chapter about the Manson family and the Zodiac Killer with a breathless report on the Amazin' Mets. Later, he describes the surreal convergence of Game 4 of the World Series with the National Moratorium Day against the Vietnam War. In Kirkpatrick's account, Joe Namath receives more attention than Spiro Agnew. This is not a definitive, scholarly study of the year's events, but it serves well as a primer on the condition of American life at the end of the 1960s. In addition to over 500 endnotes, Kirkpatrick provides a handy time line of the year's significant events. Nostalgic for some, revelatory for others, this is a worthy addition to the literature of the 1960s.
—Thomas A. Karel

Peter King - Sports Illustrated
“Kalb asks the kind of common-sense questions you think of from time to time that never get much of an airing…The thing I like about Elliott is that we disagree more than we agree on the sports scene, but I learn something from him every time we talk. Good reason to check his book out.”
History Channel Magazine
“A compelling account of the historic year.”
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"The year, and a book, that defined an era…The subtitle of his new book, 1969: The Year Everything Changed, may sound hyperbolic, but Kirkpatrick makes a good case that it was a year ‘of landmark achievements, cataclysmic episodes and generation-defining events.'"-USA Today

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781626366183
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
01/24/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
93,563
File size:
4 MB

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