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It was the year of sex and drugs and rock and roll. It was also the year of the Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy assassinations, the Chicago Convention, The Tet Offensive, the French student rebellion, Civil Rights, the generation gap, the birth of the Women's movement and the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union. In 1968 Mark Kurlansky has recorded the cultural and political history of a world changing year in which television's influence on global events first became apparent and spontaneous uprisings occurred simultaneously all around the world. 1968 encompasses the diverse realms of youth and music, politics and war, economics and the media. This book shows us how one restless, volatile year has helped shape us into who we are today.
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'A fascinating account. combining the rigour of the historian with the powerful emotions of someone who was a 20-year-old student at the time' Uncut

About the Author

Mark Kurlansky is author of Cod- A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World (winner of the Glenfidish's Best Food Book Award), The Basque History of the World, Salt- A World History and a short story collection The White Man in the Tree (all published by Cape and Vintage). He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.


"A riveting, evocative, entertaining read." * Observer * "Eminently readable... Will bring a flood of memories of an exceptional year in the exceptional 1960s" * The Economist * "An expansive, explosive account" * Esquire * "Kurlansky is a very superior journalist: diligent in his research, quirkily original in his insights, swift and clear in his storytelling. 1968 is a riveting, evocative, entertaining read" * Observer *

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