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What they didn't teach you about the 60s
Wright, Mike, 1938-
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Publication Information:
Novato, CA : Presidio, [2001]

Physical Description:
xxviii, 360 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Offers a tour of the 1960s, revealing often overlooked facts and inspecting the common mythology.

Author Notes

Mike Wright is the author of the "What They Didn't Teach You ..." books. In addition to the American Revolution, he has tackled the Civil War, World War II, & the Wild West. Future volumes will cover the sixties & the twentieth century. Wright, an Emmy-winning television writer, lives in Chicago.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

This entry in Wright's What They Didn't Teach You series may take more courage than volumes on the American Revolution, Civil War, Wild West, and World War II: more readers remember the '60s. Wright opens with the '50s, establishing context. After discussing TV, culture shock, and summer riots, he considers "Battles Won: Civil Rights," "Battles Tied: The Cold War," and "Battles Lost: Vietnam." (The last is, inevitably, one of the longest chapters, perhaps matched by the assassinations chapter that follows.) Wright examines the generation gap, Richard Nixon, Cuba, music, and drugs. "This Old House: Childhood's End" catalogs '60s losses and disillusionments, including the first evidence of cigarettes' dangers; the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Jack Kerouac, Nat King Cole, and Judy Garland; the payola scandal; and the murder of Viola Liuzzo during the march on Selma. A final chapter views the '70s as "a sixties hangover." Although this volume won't replace more thorough studies, it will appeal to those who enjoyed other titles in the series. --Mary Carroll

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Chronologyp. ix
A Sixties Prelude: The Fiftiesp. xv
1 TV or Not TV: That Is the Messagep. 1
2 Culture Shock: "The Times They Are A-Changin'"p. 17
3 Burn, Baby, Burn: The Riots of Summerp. 38
4 Battles Won: Civil Rightsp. 48
5 Battles Tied: The Cold Warp. 80
6 Battles Lost: Vietnamp. 88
7 Shots Ring Out: JFK, RFK, and MLKp. 125
8 The Generation Gap: Old at Thirtyp. 179
9 The Americanization of Richard Nixon: "I'm Not a Crook"p. 224
10 Cuba: Island Paradise?p. 230
11 Music, Music, Music: All That Rockp. 248
12 Sixties Women: Beyond the Pillp. 257
13 High Ole Times: "Blowing in the Wind"p. 276
14 The Final Frontier: One Small Stepp. 295
15 This Old House: Childhood's Endp. 309
A Sixties Hangover: The Seventiesp. 323
Epiloguep. 339
Bibliographyp. 342
Indexp. 353