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Books About the Sixties - 1960's KEYWORDS: RELATED: American PoliticsAmerican HistoryUnited States/African American HistoryMusic

Check out these titles to experience the tumultuous sixties—an era  marked by the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, and counter-culture rebellion and Rock & Roll.

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Picador

The Sixties

A brilliant, alternative take on sixties swinging London, Jenny Diski offers radical reconsiderations of the social, political, and personal meaning of that...

"...A brilliant, alternative take on sixties swinging London, Jenny Diski offers radical..."

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Essays

Universally acclaimed when it was first published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has become a modern classic. More than any other book of its time, this...

Joan Didion

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Henry Holt and Co.

The Last Campaign

Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America

The definitive account of Robert Kennedy’s exhilarating and tragic 1968 campaign for president—a revelatory history that is especially resonant now After John...

"...seeming inabilities to solve its problems of race, poverty, and the war in Vietnam. Bobby sensed..."

Thurston Clarke Thurston Clarke

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

The White Album

First published in 1979, The White Album is a mosaic of the late sixties and seventies. It includes, among other bizarre artifacts and personalities, the dark...

"...First published in 1979, The White Album is a mosaic of the late sixties and seventies. It includes..."

Joan Didion

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Holt Paperbacks

Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour

A Narrative History of Black Power in America

“Once in a while a book comes along that projects the spirit of an era; this is one of them . . . Vibrant and expressive . . . A well-researched and...

"...to the fight for equality. Drawing on original archival research and more than sixty original oral..."

Peniel E. Joseph

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Play It As It Lays

A Novel

A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Play It as It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society...

By Joan Didion and David Thomson

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North Point Press

Positively 4th Street

The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña

When twenty-five-year-old Bob Dylan wrecked his motorcycle near Woodstock in 1966 and dropped out of the public eye, he was already recognized as a genius, a...

"...cultural history . . ." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times "[A] lovely madeleine of a book" (The New York Times) about the intertwined lives of the sixties' most gifted young foursome..."

David Hajdu David Hajdu

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Palgrave Macmillan

The Beatles, Popular Music and Society

A Thousand Voices

The Beatles' evolution from a Liverpool rock and roll group into one of the 20th century's defining images has been repeatedly chronicled but rarely analyzed;...

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St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

The Beatles

The True Beginnings

The Casbah Coffee Club, which opened in Liverpool on August 29, 1959, was the brainchild of Mona Best, the mother of Pete Best. It is well known that Pete Best...

By Roag Best, Pete Best and Rory Best

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The story of the Beatles begins not with the rock-'n’-roll revolution of the 1950s, but in the Romantic revolution of the 1790s, when age-old notions about...

"...in the counterculture of the 1960's, and, most convincingly, in the persons of Beatles Lennon and McCartney..."

Matthew Schneider

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Metropolitan Books

Everything Is Cinema

The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard

A landmark biography explores the crucial resonances among the life, work, and times of one of the most influential filmmakers of our age When Jean-Luc...

"...the director probably loved." In an eight-paragraph jaunt, the young writer lightly sketched..."

Richard Brody

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Palgrave Macmillan

The Civil Rights Movement, Second Edition

Struggle and Resistance

"...Review of first edition: "In tackling a highly sensitive and emotive issue, Riches presents a coherent and very readable account of the American Civil Rights movement."--Esther Jubb, American Studies Today..."

William T. Martin Riches

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Palgrave Macmillan

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

Controversies and Debates

Combining the latest scholarship with John Kirk's informed commentary, this sourcebook throws a powerful light on the civil rights movement and its most...

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St. Martin's Griffin

Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War

Military Information You're Not Supposed to Know

Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War allows us to see what really happened to American forces in Southeast Asia, separating popular myth from explosive...

"...Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War allows us to see what really happened to American forces in Southeast Asia, separating popular myth from explosive.... Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War..."

By James F. Dunnigan and Albert A. Nofi

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Palgrave Macmillan

The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War was a thirty-year conflict that actually included several wars, cost billions of dollars, resulted in thousands of Vietnamese, French, and...

"...The Vietnam War was a thirty-year conflict that actually included several wars, cost billions of dollars, resulted in thousands of Vietnamese, French, and.... The Vietnam War was a thirty-year conflict that actually included several wars, cost billions of dollars, resulted in thousands..."

David L. Anderson

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Manchester University Press

The Debate on Black Civil Rights in America

Here is the first full-length study to examine the changing academic debate on developments in African American history from the 1890s to the present. It...

"...Here is the first full-length study to examine the changing academic debate on developments in African American history from the 1890s to the present. It.... Here is the first full-length study to examine the changing academic debate on developments in African American history from the 1890s to the present. It provides a critical historiographical review of the most current thinking and explains..."

Kevern Verney

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Tree of Smoke

A Novel

Once upon a time there was a war . . . and a young American who thought of himself as the Quiet American and the Ugly American, and who wished to be neither,...

"...Once upon a time there was a war . . . and a young American who thought of himself as the Quiet American and the Ugly American, and who wished to be neither,.... Once upon a time there was a war..."

Denis Johnson Denis Johnson

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Hill and Wang

Students for a Democratic Society

A Graphic History

The History of SDS as You’ve Never Seen It Before In 1962 at a United Auto Workers’ camp in Michigan, Students for a Democratic Society held its historic...

"...when the state repression and militarism of the 1960’s and 70’s finds its closest parallel in the Iraq War and the Patriot Act, this accessible book maps out the legacy of resistance our generation has..."

By Harvey Pekar, Paul Buhle and Gary Dumm

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