1968 by Michael T. Kaufman
Kirkus Star


Age Range: 12 & up
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Former New York Times reporter Kaufman reflects on the lead stories that made 1968 “a year like no other.” Beginning chronologically with the January Tet Offensive and ending with the December Apollo 8 space mission, he portrays a year “in which the flow of bad news never slackened,” a year that triggered “many trends and events that came later.” The narrative addresses the increasing “political divisions and cultural clashes” that distinguished ’68, including President Johnson’s declining popularity over the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, the anti-establishment student protests at Columbia University and the police brutality at the Chicago Democratic National Convention. It also examines global unrest from student protests in Paris and Mexico City to the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Opening with double-page reproductions of the key Times cover article, chapters include profiles of prominent people and dramatic black-and-white photos of featured events. Written with personal insight and historical perspective, this proves a concise, astute, balanced and often moving introduction to a “truly unforgettable year” (chronological timeline, text of Times articles, source notes, index, further reading) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Dec. 17th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59643-428-8
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Flash Point/Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2008


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