The Sixties

Years of Hope, Days of Rage
Author: Todd Gitlin
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0307834026
Category: History
Page: 544
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Say "the Sixties" and the images start coming, images of a time when all authority was defied and millions of young Americans thought they could change the world--either through music, drugs, and universal love or by "putting their bodies on the line" against injustice and war. Todd Gitlin, the highly regarded writer, media critic, and professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, has written an authoritative and compelling account of this supercharged decade--a decade he helped shape as an early president of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and an organizer of the first national demonstration against the Vietnam war. Part critical history, part personal memoir, part celebration, and part meditation, this critically acclaimed work resurrects a generation on all its glory and tragedy.


Author: Mark Kurlansky
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783453600393
Category: History, Modern
Page: 460
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Tet-Offensive in Vietnam, Antikriegsbewegung, Prager Frühling, Rassenunruhen in Amerika und Notstandsgesetze in Deutschland, Pariser Mai und Demonstrationen polnischer und italienischer, mexikanischer und japanischer Studenten. Abbie Hoffman in New York,


A Novel
Author: Todd Gitlin
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
ISBN: 1582438706
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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November 2004: George W. Bush is re-elected. Five days later, Alan Meister, a New York professor of philosophy, is diagnosed with lymphoma—not that he can prove the two are connected. While coping with the rigors of chemotherapy, Alan begins work on a long-postponed book titled The Health of a Sick Man, arguing that the core of Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophical thought was a decades-long attempt to cope with his lifelong incapacities—his blinding headaches, upset stomach, weak vision, and all-around frailty, not least his vexed relations with women. As Alan’s treatment proceeds, he finds relief by imagining Nietzsche not as a historical figure, but as a character in his daily life, a reminder that his own heart continues to beat. Rooted in the author’s personal experience with lymphoma, this novel is a compound of reminiscences, aphorisms, anecdotes, and encounters: with Alan’s errant daughter Natasha, who has returned home to help care for him; with mortal friends; with a mysterious hospital roommate; with students; with contemporary life as it reaches him through the newspapers and his readings. Steady, spare, and often bracingly funny, Undying cries out in a robust voice: I am.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 364110498X
Category: History
Page: 528
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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

Letters to a Young Activist

Author: Todd Gitlin,Professor of Culture Journalism and Sociology Todd Gitlin
Publisher: Taylor & Francis US
ISBN: 9780465027385
Category: History
Page: 174
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A social activist considers the spirit of activism, the guiding principles that govern today's activists, the changing nature of idealism, and the positive potential of the future.

The Politics of Rage

George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics
Author: Dan T. Carter
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 9780807125977
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 580
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Examines the life and political career of four-time Alabama Governor George Wallace, and discusses the lasting influence of his conservative policies on twentieth-century politics.


Grundrisse einer kommenden Ökonomie
Author: Paul Mason
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 351874478X
Category: Political Science
Page: 500
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Drei Dinge wissen wir: Der Kapitalismus hat den Feudalismus abgelöst; seither durchlief er zyklische Tiefs, spätestens seit 2008 stottert der Motor. Was wir nicht wissen: Erleben wir eine der üblichen Krisen oder den Anbruch einer postkapitalistischen Ordnung? Paul Mason blickt auf die Daten, sichtet Krisentheorien – und sagt: Wir stehen am Anfang von etwas Neuem. Er nimmt dabei Überlegungen auf, die vor über 150 Jahren in einer Londoner Bibliothek entwickelt wurden und laut denen Wissen und intelligente Maschinen den Kapitalismus eines Tages »in die Luft sprengen« könnten. Im Zeitalter des Stahls und der Schrauben, der Hierarchien und der Knappheit war diese Vision so radikal, dass Marx sie schnell in der Schublade verschwinden ließ. In der Welt der Netzwerke, der Kooperation und des digitalen Überflusses ist sie aktueller denn je. In seinem atemberaubenden Buch führt Paul Mason durch Schreibstuben, Gefängniszellen, Flugzeugfabriken und an die Orte, an denen sich der Widerstand Bahn bricht. Mason verknüpft das Abstrakte mit dem Konkreten, bündelt die Überlegungen von Autoren wie Thomas Piketty, David Graeber, Jeremy Rifkin und Antonio Negri und zeigt, wie wir aus den Trümmern des Neoliberalismus eine gerechtere und nachhaltigere Gesellschaft errichten können.

Guerrilla USA

The George Jackson Brigade and the Anticapitalist Underground of the 1970s
Author: Daniel Burton-Rose
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520264282
Category: History
Page: 338
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"We are cozy cuddly/armed and dangerous/and we will/raze the fucking prisons/to the ground." In an attempt to deliver on this promise, the George Jackson Brigade launched a violent three-year campaign in the mid-seventies against corporate and state institutions in the Pacific Northwest. This campaign, conceived by a group of blacks and whites, both straight and gay, claimed fourteen bombings, as many bank robberies, and a jailbreak. Drawing on extensive interviews with surviving members of the George Jackson Brigade, Guerrilla USA: The George Jackson Brigade and the Anti-Capitalist Underground of the 1970s is an intimate portrait of a group of anarcho-communist revolutionaries that widens into a broader story of the prisons that produced them and of the city dwellers who responded to their combustive rage. Providing an inside-out perspective on the social movements of the 1970s, this explosive book reveals the whole era in a new and more complex light. A fast-paced tale of love, death, and revolution, it is also a compelling exploration of the true natrue of crime and a provocative meditation on the tension between self-restraint and anger in the process of social change.

The Sixties

From Memory to History
Author: David Farber
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469608731
Category: History
Page: 342
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This collection of original essays represents some of the most exciting ways in which historians are beginning to paint the 1960s onto the larger canvas of American history. While the first literature about this turbulent period was written largely by participants, many of the contributors to this volume are young scholars who came of age intellectually in the 1970s and 1980s and thus write from fresh perspectives. The essayists ask fundamental questions about how much America really changed in the 1960s and why certain changes took place. In separate chapters, they explore how the great issues of the decade--the war in Vietnam, race relations, youth culture, the status of women, the public role of private enterprise--were shaped by evolutions in the nature of cultural authority and political legitimacy. They argue that the whirlwind of events and problems we call the Sixties can only be understood in the context of the larger history of post-World War II America. Contents "Growth Liberalism in the Sixties: Great Societies at Home and Grand Designs Abroad," by Robert M. Collins "The American State and the Vietnam War: A Genealogy of Power," by Mary Sheila McMahon "And That's the Way It Was: The Vietnam War on the Network Nightly News," by Chester J. Pach, Jr. "Race, Ethnicity, and the Evolution of Political Legitimacy," by David R. Colburn and George E. Pozzetta "Nothing Distant about It: Women's Liberation and Sixties Radicalism," by Alice Echols "The New American Revolution: The Movement and Business," by Terry H. Anderson "Who'll Stop the Rain?: Youth Culture, Rock 'n' Roll, and Social Crises," by George Lipsitz "Sexual Revolution(s)," by Beth Bailey "The Politics of Civility," by Kenneth Cmiel "The Silent Majority and Talk about Revolution," by David Farber

America in White, Black, and Gray

A History of the Stormy 1960s
Author: Klaus P. Fischer
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0826428266
Category: History
Page: 452
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Numerous studies on various aspects of the issues of the 1960s have been written over the past 35 years, but few have so successfully integrated the many-sided components into a coherent, synthetic, and reliable book that combines good storytelling with sound scholarly analysis.

Die Geschichte des Rock 'n' Roll in zehn Songs

Author: Greil Marcus
Publisher: Reclam Verlag
ISBN: 315960876X
Category: Music
Page: 292
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Was haben Songs von Buddy Holly mit dem Tod der Beatles zu tun? Wie schafft es der Etta-James-Klassiker »All I Could Do Was Cry«, Leben von Beyoncé als Lüge-für-Geld zu entlarven, nur weil sie den Song grandios umsetzt? Und warum ist die von Amy Winehouse gesungene Version von »To Know Him Is To Love Him« originaler als das Original? Wie wird »Transmission« in einem Graham-Greene-Remake von 2010 nachträglich vorweggenommen? Greil Marcus begibt sich auf eine archäologische Spurensuche durch die Geschichte des Rock 'n' Roll und stellt verblüffende Zusammenhänge her. Denn für ihn sind Songs nicht einfach nur Werke einzelner Künstler, sondern Kraftzentren, die ein Eigenleben führen. Sie verklingen nicht, werden weitergespielt und erwachen in anderen Zusammenhängen immer wieder zu neuem Leben. Der Band ist die Quintessenz von Marcus' lebenslanger Beschäftigung mit dem Rock 'n' Roll. Seine rückhaltlose Begeisterung für populäre Musik steckt an: Ein faszinierender Spaziergang durch die Popmusik und damit durch die amerikanische Populärkultur.

The Free Speech Movement

Reflections on Berkeley in the 1960s
Author: Robert Cohen,Reginald E. Zelnik
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520233546
Category: Education
Page: 618
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"This is a superb book. We are well-launched into a new generation of '60s scholarship, and The Free Speech Movement will be at the center of it. The analysis and personal recollection mix well, arguing persuasively for the never-to-be-underestimated place of contingency in history."--Todd Gitlin, author of "Media Unlimited and The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage" "This powerful book not only will be the classic work on the Free Speech Movement but also will be combed as a basis for hypotheses and new research on the movements of the '60s. It's absolutely thrilling, full of large implications for history, social movements, and character. The book contributed to my self-knowledge (personal, political, and professional) and will do the same for others. It combines humor and a firsthand, I-was-there flavor with provocative analyses. As a serious, original work of scholarship, this gives edited volumes back their good name."--Jesse Lemisch, Professor of History Emeritus, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, and author of "The American Revolution Seen from the Bottom Up" "This book gets the Free Speech Movement and its significance exactly right-from the civil rights origins to refusing to idealize the moment at the expense of what came later. And no two better editors could be doing it."--Michael Rogin, author of "Ronald Reagan, The Movie, And Other Episodes in Political Demonology" "As a journalist, I was in Berkeley's Sproul Plaza to witness the mass arrests of the Free Speech Movement demonstrators in December 1964. As a citizen, I've always known that this was one of the pivotal moments in the great political and moral awakening of the 1960s. As a reader, I found much to feast on in this splendid and thoughtful collection of essays, about a movement whose effects and inspiration are with us still."--Adam Hochschild, author of "King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa" "The Free Speech Movement was a pivotal moment in the evolution of student rights and university responsibilities. These splendid essays memorialize this period and offer competing perspectives on its meaning. Though differing widely in conclusions, collectively and individually they stand testament to the conviction that 'the price of freedom is eternal vigilance' and that 'the critical test of freedom of expression is the right of others to speak out on behalf of what we believe to be wrong.'"--Geoffrey R. Stone, author of "Eternally Vigilant: Freedom of Speech in the Modern Era " "This rich and entertaining set of essays offers remarkable insight into the genesis, development, and consequences of the Free Speech Movement. Written largely by participants and close observers, these essays offer both personal and analytical assessments of the roles of students, faculty, and administrators. Above all, the chapters on Mario Savio demonstrate his unusual capacity for leadership-charismatic without being dogmatic, committed to the cause while retaining a capacity to think and deal openly with dissent. This book should be read by anyone interested in understanding university and national politics in the '60s."--Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl, University of California, Berkeley

Counterfeit Amateurs

An Athlete's Journey Through the Sixties to the Age of Academic Capitalism
Author: Allen L. Sack
Publisher: Penn State Press
ISBN: 0271047224
Category: Political Science
Page: 200
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"A leader among faculty fighting back has been Allen Sack, a co-founder of the Drake Group, whose writings and public appearances, including work as an expert witness, have gained him recognition as an outspoken advocate for athletic reform. This book brings together in a compelling way his personal story, as a highly recruited high school athlete and a football player at Notre Dame under legendary coach Ara Parseghian, and his fight since then, as a scholar-activist, against what he calls the "academic capitalism" of the system under current NCAA rules."--BOOK JACKET.

Calling California Home

A Lively Look at What It Means to Be a Californian
Author: Heather Waite
Publisher: Council Oak Books
ISBN: 9781885171375
Category: History
Page: 276
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Surveys California history, attitudes, culture, quirks, and little-known facts about the state

Der Pakt der Liebenden

Author: John Connolly
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
ISBN: 3843707812
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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Charlie Parker war noch ein Kind, als sein Vater ein junges Liebespaar tötete. Dann richtete der Cop des NYPD die Waffe gegen sich selbst. Jahrelang hat Parker nach einer Erklärung für diese Tat gesucht, die seine Kindheit beendete. Ein Auftrag führt den Privatdetektiv in seinen Heimatort. Und er beginnt, den lange zurückliegenden Selbstmord zu ermitteln. Beiläufige Fragen nach seinem Vater setzen eine Kettenreaktion in Gang, die ein Gespinst von Lüge, Verrat und Illoyalität offenbart. Und noch etwas offenbart sich, ein alter Schrecken: die Dämonen, das Tod bringende Liebespaar.

The Growth of a Superpower

America from 1945 to Today
Author: Britannica Educational Publishing
Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing
ISBN: 1615307370
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 208
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So rapid has been the growth of the United States since the mid-20th century and so profound the changes it has experienced that its current superpower status in the world sometimes obscures the radical social, political, economic, and technological transformations it has experienced in that time. Although international and domestic challenges—from the Cold War to the war on terror to healthcare—as well as successes on each front have alternately stunted and accelerated the country’s ascent, its role in world affairs is undeniable. With seminal documents of the each era complementing relevant text, this engrossing volume examines the trajectory of American history between the administrations of Harry Truman and Barack Obama and the factors that have shaped and sustained its development.

Scars of Sweet Paradise

The Life and Times of Janis Joplin
Author: Alice Echols
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
ISBN: 1466839791
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 432
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Janis Joplin was the skyrocket chick of the sixties, the woman who broke into the boys' club of rock and out of the stifling good-girl femininity of postwar America. With her incredible wall-of-sound vocals, Joplin was the voice of a generation, and when she OD'd on heroin in October 1970, a generation's dreams crashed and burned with her. Alice Echols pushes past the legary Joplin-the red-hot mama of her own invention-as well as the familiar portrait of the screwed-up star victimized by the era she symbolized, to examine the roots of Joplin's muscianship and explore a generation's experiment with high-risk living and the terrible price it exacted. A deeply affecting biography of one of America's most brilliant and tormented stars, Scars of Sweet Paradise is also a vivid and incisive cultural history of an era that changed the world for us all.

Queer Nostalgia in Cinema and Pop Culture

Author: Gilad Padva
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137266341
Category: Social Science
Page: 254
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Queer Nostalgia in Cinema and Pop Culture is a fascinating study of queer nostalgia in films, animation and music videos as means of empowerment, re-evaluating and recreating lost gay youth, coming to terms with one's sexual otherness and homoerotic desires, and creatively challenging homophobia, chauvinism, ageism and racism.