The year 1968 was the most turbulent since the end of World War II. The ruling establishments were challenged by demonstrations from Paris and Prague to Washington and Chicago, from Tokyo to Rome and West Berlin, from Madrid to Mexico City. America's war in Vietnam united a generation in anger and disgust, and everywhere students were in the vanguard of revolt.
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Caute's opinionated social history links the U.S. counterculture and political protest of the 1960s to global events. Interwoven with his month-by-month chronicle of the American scene during one pivotal year are journalistic "news flashes" that spotlight the Soviet invasion of Prague, Tokyo student uprisings, Jean-Luc Godard's New Wave cinema, the British underground art scene and stirrings in Berlin, Paris, Warsaw, Rome, Mexico, Spain, Yugoslavia. The effect is a wide-angled reappraisal of the '60s. Writing from a leftist perspective, Caute seemingly spares no one. The political pretensions of rock music, U.S. crimes in Vietnam, black radicals playing upon white liberal guilt and Eugene McCarthy's idealism are all skewered. Caute, author of The Great Fear, brings a committed, impassioned, authoritative voice to this challenging look back. Photos not seen by PW.
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Like Hans Koning's 1968: the year of hope ( LJ 11/1/87), this focuses on that significant year. In constrast to Koning's more autobiographical account, British novelist and historian Caute has written a scholarly, highly readable history of the events of 1968. Focusing on the activities of the New Left in both the United States and Europe, he details the anti-Vietnam War demonstrations in the United States, the student strikes in France, and the violence at the Democratic Convention. Caute also sketches some of the leading activists of the period, e.g., Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman in the United States and Rudi Dutschke and Daniel Cohn-Bendit in Europe. Recommended for academic and large public libraries. Louis Vyhnanek, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman
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