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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Howard Means Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781504761574
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At midday on May 4, 1970, after three days of protests, several thousand students and the Ohio National Guard faced off at opposite ends of the grassy campus commons at Kent State University. At noon, the Guard moved out. Twenty-four minutes later, Guardsmen launched a thirteen-second, sixty-seven-shot barrage that left four students dead and nine wounded, one paralyzed for life. The story doesn’t end there, though. A horror of far greater proportions was narrowly averted minutes later when the Guard and students reassembled on the commons.

The Kent State shootings were both unavoidable and preventable: unavoidable in that all the discordant forces of a turbulent decade flowed together on May 4, 1970, on one Ohio campus; preventable in that every party to the tragedy made the wrong choices at the wrong time in the wrong place.

Using the university’s recently available oral-history collection supplemented by extensive new interviewing, Means tells the story of this iconic American moment through the eyes and memories of those who were there, and skillfully situates it in the context of a tumultuous era.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Howard Means’ fine hands, we discern how the terrible events at Kent State unfolded—relentlessly, ineluctably.”

    Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Excellent reporting…[Means] goes deep into the record.”

    Washington Post

  • “An exhaustive and excellent book of reporting and analysis.”

    VVA Veteran

  • “Means’ look at a horrible moment in US history is crucial to understanding the law, politics, basic rights and how occasionally all three clash and how the former fail the latter.”

    San Francisco Book Review

  • “A fresh look at an era-defining US tragedy.”

    Washington Independent Review of Books

  • “This isn’t history writing at a distance. Means interviewed many of the players, major and minor, in this tragedy. Their personal stories give 67 Shots a deeply human feel and turn it into one of the most heartbreaking books in memory.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Means…shows how the Vietnam War affected everything about our own sense of ourselves.”

    Providence Journal

  • “A solid account of a watershed moment in history. The inclusion of the remembrances of those involved that day lends a personal voice to our understanding of the shootings and the aftermath.”

    Library Journal

  • “This balanced account does justice to the perspectives of students, National Guardsmen, campus administrators, and local residents alike.”

    Kenneth Hammond, Kent State student-protest leader (1970)

  • “Narrator Alan Sklar uses his deep voice to lend gravitas to an emotional story…provides a warning for us in our anxiety-ridden age to be vigilant and to think before we act on the public stage.”


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About the Author

Howard Means is the author or coauthor of many books, including the first biography of Colin Powell and Louis Freeh’s bestselling memoir My FBI. He has collaborated on dozens of titles, including bestsellers by Robert Baer (See No Evil, Sleeping with the Devil), George Tenet (At the Center of the Storm), and David Wessel (In Fed We Trust, Red Ink). A former syndicated columnist, Means was senior editor at Washingtonian magazine from 1989–2000. He lives in rural Virginia.

About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. Named a Best Voice of 2009 by AudioFile magazine, his work has earned him several Earphones Awards, a Booklist Editors’ Choice Award (twice), a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and Audiobook of the Year by ForeWord magazine. He has also narrated thousands of corporate videos for clients such as NASA, Sikorsky Aircraft, IBM, Dannon, Pfizer, AT&T, and SONY. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.