The Kent State shootings were both unavoidable and preventable: unavoidable in that all the discordant forces of a turbulent decade flowed together on May 4, 1970, on one Ohio campus; preventable in that every party to the tragedy made the wrong choices at the wrong time in the wrong place.
Using the university's recently available oral-history collection supplemented by extensive new interviewing, Means tells the story of this iconic American moment through the eyes and memories of those who were there, and skillfully situates it in the context of a tumultuous era.
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About the Author
Prior to turning full-time to book-length works, Means was senior editor at Washingtonian magazine, an op-ed columnist for King Features Syndicate, a daily journalist, and in the distant past, a schoolteacher. He began swimming competitively when he was five years old, continued through college, then coached for seven years. Swimming continues to define his life: Pools, rivers, lakes, quarries, oceans are his natural medium. Writing Splash! has been a labor of love.
Table of Contents
Kent State Campus, May 4, 1970 ix
Prologue: May 4, 1970-South Vietnam 1
1 "We Have to Say 'F-' Everywhere" 5
2 Burn, Baby-Burn 25
3 Night of the Helicopters 41
4 Danse Macabre 59
5 Blood Like a River 77
6 Once to Every Man and Nation 97
7 "Oh, My God! They've Killed the Guardsmen!" 113
8 The Age of Hate 125
9 An Unfortunate Incident 141
10 Blind Justice 159
11 Plan B 185
12 Paradise Lost 207
Selected Bibliography 243