A Season of Madness: Life and Death in The 1960sby Thomas W. Becker
YOU ARE THERE - right in the middle of the1960s - a shocking decade of the '67 Detroit Riot, assassinations, the Cold War, U2 spy photos of the Cuban Missile Crisis and threat of nuclear annihilation, the massacre of students at Kent State University, first to Mars and first men to the moon - and much more. You will see and read about events through the eyewitness accounts of the author as he is forced into one unnerving incident after another in a decade of unprecedented uncertainty, violence and terror that gripped America in this amazing ten years right out of the newspaper headlines. From V2 rockets over London to the frustration of the Fight For Berlin and the murders of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, you will not believe how close our nation came to certain disaster.
This richly-illustrated second book in the Technology Trilogy (1st book is Eight Against The World about science genuises of the Renaissance) by a highly experienced writer takes you back to the America of the 1960s for a fast-paced focus on the outstanding events of a decade of cultural and Cold War confusion.
Basking in the prosperity of new products for the home, Americans were not prepared for the shock of the Soviet Sputnik in 1957 that threw government and the American people into a panic. As our culture was turned upside down, we entered a period of near-anarchy made worse with the threat of nuclear war coming from the Soviet Union and Cuba. Revolutions in music by Elvis and the Beatles, and a younger generation rebellion prompted by "the bomb", we began a 20-year period of social chaos that weakened our basic cultural values. This book shows how close we came to calamity in the 1960s and 1970s.
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