[Review] The 60s: The Story of a Decade, The New Yorker by various authors

Publisher and Publication Date: Random House. 2016.
Genre: Nonfiction. Magazine articles. Essays.
Pages: 720.
Format: Hardcover.
Source: Library.
Audience: History readers with an interest in the 1960s.
Rating: Good.

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The 60s: The Story of a Decade is a collection from various authors sharing the history of the times of the 1960s. For example: music, culture, books, poetry, movies, deaths, and wars.

Nine parts holding 92 chapters.

My Thoughts:

First of all, I have a new computer and I’m learning to use it. I’m learning to use it along with writing a review! I’m so glad to have a new one because the old one literally had screws popping out and the some of the keys were sticking and the fan was going out on it. So, I feel blessed to have a nice new computer!

I was born in 1964.

My four older siblings were all teenagers during the 1960s. A first memory is the music of that decade. Each of my siblings had their favorite singers and bands. My sister JoAnn loved the music of the early 1960s. My sister Frances loved the Beatles. My brother James loved The Doors, Cream, and Black Sabbath. My brother Bobby loved Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and many others.

I grew up in the generation of people who watched television while eating supper. I remember the news broadcasting the events of the landing on the moon and the Vietnam War.

I’d not been interested in reading about the history of the 1960s until recently. I have watched a few documentaries on Netflix and Amazon Prime about this time period. When I saw this book at the library, I had to read it.

This book, The 60s: The Story of a Decade, shares essays and snippets from articles. For example, Truman Capote wrote the series that first appeared in The New Yorker, In Cold Blood. What is included in this book is a later chapter from the book which whet my appetite to read the full book in which I’ve already written a review.

This book shares a broad pen stroke of the writings that appeared during the 1960s giving the reader a general idea the world as printed in The New Yorker.

I love it that other world events outside of America is included. For example, the war between Israel and the Palestinians.

Not all chapters were of interest to me, so I speed read portions. I did not ignore them. I read them quickly.

My favorite chapters: In Cold Blood, The Village of Ben Suc, Silent Spring, Views of a Death, Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Assassination of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, Cassius Clay, Sgt. Pepper, Joan Baez, Twiggy, and Bob Dylan.

The chapter on Bob Dylan is an interview. This is a wonderful chance to get to know him from that era. It’s an excellent interview.

Illustrations are not included.

There is an alphabetical list of authors who wrote the articles with brief bios.


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