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3.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 5 3.88 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Kurlansky Narrator: Christopher Cazenove Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2004 ISBN:
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In this monumental new book, award-winning author Mark Kurlansky has written his most ambitious work to date: a singular and ultimately definitive look at a pivotal moment in history.

In many ways, this momentous year led us to where we are today. Whether through youth and music, politics and war, economics and the media, Mark Kurlansky shows how 12 volatile months transformed who we were as a people. But above all, he gives a new insight into the underlying causes of the unique historical phenomenon that was the year 1968.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 2/4/2014

    " This is one of the best books I have ever read. Really captures the time and shows the relation between all these different revolts. The stories are amazing and it gives you a great understanding of a historic time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 2/2/2014

    " My goodness, so much happened in this year and this brings it all back. It was the year we graduated college and started "real life" and jobs in NYC. So it was an eventful year for the us and for the US and for the world. This book was wonderfully researched and was very readable as well as nostalgic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Micky Livingston | 1/28/2014

    " Since I graduated from high school in 1968, this helped me remember those events during my senior year that was so lost because of the Viet-Nam War. Gift from one of my children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberlyluisi | 1/22/2014

    " An exceptionally interesting read, particularly in the context of this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harry Hemstreet | 1/17/2014

    " In 1968 (at age 27) I graduated from DePaul, Beth gave birth to our third son, Mark. I was promoted to be the IT director at the largest packing plant in the country (St.Paul, MN). I was making a pretty good salary for the day at my new job (17,000 - equiv of about 130,000 today) and spent most of the year showing Armour and Co. how brilliant that promotion was. Turns out there was a whole lot of other stuff going on too. I did not pay much attention at the time, but wow - should have been more alert. I had successfully dodged the draft (which was a big deal in 1968, especially for me and Mitt), by keeping up (barely) with deferments due to school, marriage and finally fatherhood. I graduated with Rich Daley (the recently retired mayor of Chicago), although he from law school, while I was completing my BA after 8 years of night school. Great book, especially for anyone around in '68! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 1/16/2014

    " I was born too late to understand what this live through this era ... and this gave me a glimpse into what a worldwide phenomenon was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise Miller | 1/4/2014

    " Again, I wish Kurlansky had published this great nonfiction account before 2005! Fortunately, most of it corroborated other research I had done, letters I had written, memories I retained - for the writing of A Time to Cast Away Stones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob Glass | 12/29/2013

    " We elected Nixon for christ sake. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derrick | 11/28/2013

    " Pretty amazing book. Want to get a copy of Salt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Humphrey | 10/26/2013

    " Entertaining and informative. The author covers all the bases. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabethjardine | 10/5/2013

    " embarrassingly learning a ton. this is a really good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curt | 8/19/2013

    " Heavy anti-establishment. Stick it to the man leftism opinion within these pages. A good read? Yes, although I don't agree with the unabashed views of the author, I enjoyed the trip around the world as told about the events of the year 1968. Three and a half stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 6/27/2013

    " I can't believe that I lived through this year but was aware of almost nothing that was going on. This author concentrates on the student movements throughout Europe and North America but also covers Civil Rights, spaceflight, and assassinations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tania | 5/5/2013

    " Didn't get into the nitty-gritty of 1968 like I would have hoped. You can just skim the table of contents and read the chapters most interesting to you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elliot | 10/14/2012

    " What a year! Kurlansky provides lots of context for the events and takes you around the world somewhat chronologically, including a lot of short profiles of the "historical" characters along the way. Seems like he pays special attention to Czechoslovakia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deidre | 10/1/2012

    " Brings the international events of 1968 (in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Paris, US) together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Rutherford | 8/15/2012

    " My H.S. graduation year. Thought I'd see what was up. Didn't remember much except the Chicago Democratic Convention. Very densely historic. Covered much more than U.S. -- Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Mexico, and more. I had no idea ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 11/14/2011

    " This book is filled with perspective I lacked from not having experienced this year. The modern world was shaped by the events of 1968. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kama | 5/10/2011

    " Not as entertaining as Salt but still fascinating and incredibly illuminating. A must for history buffs (in my opinion). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 3/10/2011

    " I really didn't know much about 1968 until reading this book. The confluence of protest and people power that came together globally in one year is astonishing. With the way 2011 has begun, perhaps we'll find a book entitled 2011 in the future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 9/23/2010

    " Muito focado nos eventos dos Estados Unidos, em prejuízo do mundo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pedro | 7/24/2010

    " A well written review of the turbulent year of 1968 and how it affected countries and people all across the world "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 5/12/2010

    " This was an amazing year and time, and Kurlansky does a great job explaining the political tremors that happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derrick | 12/6/2009

    " Pretty amazing book. Want to get a copy of Salt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deidre | 10/31/2009

    " Brings the international events of 1968 (in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Paris, US) together. "

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About the Author
Author Mark KurlanskyMark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling and James A. Beard Award—winning author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, Salt: A World History, 1968: The Year That Rocked the World, and The Basque History of the World, as well as Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue (his debut novel), and several other books.
About the Narrator

Christopher Cazenove (1943–2010), one of England’s finest actors, starred on stage and television in the United States and Great Britain. His motion-picture credits include A Knight’s Tale, Eye of the Needle, Children of the Full Moon, and Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill. He played Ben Carrington on television’s Dynasty.