12-28-2007 02:02 PM
Boom!: Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today
Published as the fortieth anniversary of 1968 approaches, Boom! gives us what Tom Brokaw sees as a virtual reunion of some members of "the class of ’68," offering wise and moving reflections and frank personal remembrances about people’s lives during a time of high ideals and profound social, political, and individual change. What were the gains, what were the losses? Who were the winners, who were the losers? As they look back decades later, what do members of the sixties generation think really mattered in that tumultuous time, and what will have meaning going forward?
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BTW, I wasn't even born when MLK and Bobby Kennedy were assasinated. My brothers and parents have told me a lot about public reaction then and how they perceived things. I come from a military family who had one potential draft dodger in it so that will make this read all that much more appropriate reading in an attempt to understand life then.
01-13-2008 12:59 AM
I found the book was a quick read, took about three days. Overall I was disappointed. I expected a little bit more of a history book on a time line instead of topic driven. I guess I did not pay enough attention to the reminiscences line on the cover. Personal reflection is fine because the names in the book were prominent at the time or since then. However, I felt that each one of his sections spent far too much time giving the background of the person (maybe we don't know who they were?) and not enough of their reflections of the time. I was really disappointed with the po;itician section because it seemed to be more of a promo for the current politicians. There was a lot of tie in to the present which was more of how we got here instead of what did we do back then. There was also key issues of the time that were totally overlooked or passed over. Issues such as the student movement were focussed on the Free Speech movement and the takeover at Columbia. How about all the other college, big and small? The issues touched almost every campus. There was nothing about the organized movements like the SDS and their radical outcropping, the Weatherman. Then there was the moratorium days in late 1969. I realize that there was a limit to the size of the book, but I wish it had been either more history or even reflections and less of the mini-biographies.
One part that I did like was the time line at the end, but Brokaw ignored most of the events in the text.
01-13-2008 01:21 PM