THE ANGRY DECADE: The Sixties by Paul Sann

THE ANGRY DECADE: The Sixties

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Paul Sann, former managing editor of the New York Post, presents the Sixties as a decade of constant confrontation and violence. As with his earlier book on the Twenties, The Lawless Decade, this work highlights one particular aspect of the period. For the Twenties, gangsters served as the connecting thread; in the Sixties, it is the Civil Rights struggle. This central theme is effectively covered in vignettes which vividly recall incidents critical to the movement. But when Sann strays from this issue he bogs down in such idle violence as plane crashes, hurricanes, and mass murderers. The effect of moving rapidly from Richard Speck to James Meredith is to dull the importance of the latter and exaggerate that of the former. Much of Sann's analysis is superficial too. Apropos of the 1960 election, for example, he tells us that Nixon would have carried five more states and won the election if he had received the same portion of the black vote as Eisenhower received in 1956; given that 1956 was a landslide victory, one could say as much for any group. A spotty pictorialized record, then, with the exception of the passages on the Civil Rights movement.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1978
Publisher: Crown