Michael Kaufman 1968 (New York Times)

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1968 (New York Times)

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1968, THE YEAR AMERICA GREW UP

From racial and gender equality fights to the struggle against the draft and the Vietnam war, in 1968 Americans asked questions and fought for their rights. Now, 30 years later, we look back on that seminal year--from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assasination to the Columbia University riots to our changing role among other nations--in this gripping introduction to the events home and abroad. The year we first took steps in space, the year we shaped the present, 1968 presented by a former New York Times writer who lived through it all, shares the story with detail and passion.

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MICHAEL T. KAUFMAN spent more than 40 years at The New York Times, from copyboy to foreign correspondent and deputy foreign editor. He is the author of nine books including ROOFTOPS AND ALLEYS, a children's book about a ten-year-old New Yorker. He lives in Manhattan.

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Starred Review. Grade 9 Up—In the history of any culture, or indeed of the world, there are arguably years that are of greater significance than others. The events of 1939 and 2001 come to mind, and the argument of this book is that 1968 was likewise a watershed year with people rising across the globe to assert their own power and voice. Divided into 10 sections, the fluid prose treats topics such as the Tet Offensive; tensions on the U.S. home front engendered by the Vietnam War; the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Kennedy; the student uprisings in Paris and at Columbia University; the Prague Spring; demonstrations at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; the summer Olympics in Mexico City; and the Apollo 8 Mission, which, on December 26, 1968, beamed back the first pictures of Earth as seen from space. Arranged chronologically, the narrative puts these events and others into their proper sequence and notes how they echoed and influenced one another. Numerous excellent-quality black-and-white photos augment the text, and each section begins with a facsimile of the front page of the New York Times, showing how each event was reported. The full text of each article is appended, along with source notes and an excellent index. Read cover to cover, 1968 serves not just to explain but also to clarify the meaning of events. Students will be well served by this extensively documented treatment.—Ann Welton, Helen B. Stafford Elementary, Tacoma, WA
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