1967: The Year of Fire and Ice

1967: The Year of Fire and Ice

by Victor Brooks

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Blazing hot meets icy cool in a momentous year in US history

On New Year’s Day in 1967, the 200 million Americans who lived in the United States were about to experience a fascinating, exciting, and sometimes bewildering twelve months that for many formed an iconic portion of their lives. Despite the fact that the coming year produced no Black Friday, Pearl Harbor, or 9/11 attack, the nation still underwent dramatic changes in everything from support for the Vietnam War to approval of candidates for the 1968 presidential election to attitudes toward sex with strangers and what constitutes the status quo.

Almost without significant forewarning, Americans in 1967 witnessed a simultaneous cooling of Cold War tensions with the Soviet Union while the war in Vietnam exploded into a white-hot conflict that inflicted nearly two hundred American battle deaths a week. Meanwhile, young people at home were alternately listening to the “cool” sound of the Beatle’s new “Sgt. Pepper” album and Jim Morrison’s plea to get ever higher in “Light my Fire.” On television an emotional, passionate James T. Kirk shared an Enterprise bridge with the cool and logical Mr. Spock.

Victor Brooks explores what happened—and in some cases, did not happen—to these two hundred million Americans in a national roller coaster ride that was the year 1967. He chronicles a society that proportionally had far more young people than was the case five decades later, with a widely publicized generation gap that produced more arguments, tension, and anguish between young and old Americans than any 21st century counterpart. 1967 is a fascinating, wide-ranging exploration including topics ranging from the first Super Bowl, the beginning of the 1968 presidential campaign, the social impact of the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco, and the American combat experience in an expanding war in Vietnam. The book represents a reunion of sorts for Baby Boomers as well as a guidebook for younger readers on how their elders coped with one of the definitive years of a pivotal decade.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510716780
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 236
File size: 532 KB

About the Author

Victor Brooks teaches at Villanova University and is the author of several books, including The Normandy Campaign, Hell Is Upon Us: D-Day in the Pacific, and The Boston Campaign. He currently lives in Norristown, PA.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Prologue xiii

I Now in Living Color-Television in 1967 1

II Vietnam: The Stride of a Giant 19

III Super Bowl to Hoops Mania 33

IV The Party Game 51

V Soundtrack 1967 65

VI Vietnam: The Battle for the Borderlands 85

VII Storm over Sinai, Summit at Hollybush 97

VIII Summer Dreams, Autumn Thrills 111

IX The Silver Screen 121

X Youth Quake 139

XI The War Comes Home 153

XII Gridiron Gladiators 165

Epilogue 175

A Note on Sources 185

Index 191

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