By Victor Brooks
On New Year’s Day in 1967, the two hundred million american citizens who lived within the usa have been approximately to event a desirable, interesting, and occasionally bewildering 12 months that for lots of shaped an iconic component of their lives. even though the arriving 12 months produced no Black Friday, Pearl Harbor, or 9-11 assault, the state nonetheless underwent dramatic adjustments in every little thing from help for the Vietnam conflict to approval of applicants for the 1968 presidential election to attitudes towards intercourse with strangers and what constitutes the established order.
Almost with no major forewarning, americans in 1967 witnessed a simultaneous cooling of chilly struggle tensions with the Soviet Union whereas the conflict in Vietnam exploded right into a white-hot clash that inflicted approximately 2 hundred American conflict deaths every week. in the meantime, adolescents at domestic have been alternately hearing the “cool” sound of the Beatle’s new “Sgt. Pepper” album and Jim Morrison’s plea to get ever better in “Light my Fire.” On tv an emotional, passionate James T. Kirk shared an Enterprise bridge with the cool and logical Mr. Spock.
Victor Brooks explores what happened—and every so often, didn't happen—to those 2 hundred million american citizens in a countrywide curler coaster trip that was once the 12 months 1967. He chronicles a society that proportionally had way more teens than used to be the case 5 many years later, with a broadly publicized iteration hole that produced extra arguments, rigidity, and suffering among old and young americans than any twenty first century counterpart. 1967 is an interesting, wide-ranging exploration together with subject matters starting from the 1st great Bowl, the start of the 1968 presidential crusade, the social impression of the “Summer of affection” in San Francisco, and the yank strive against adventure in an increasing conflict in Vietnam. The publication represents a reunion of types for child Boomers in addition to a guidebook for more youthful readers on how their elders coped with one of many definitive years of a pivotal decade.
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