1968: Today's Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change

1968: Today's Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change


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Welcome to 1968 — a revolution in a book. Essays, memoirs, and more by fourteen award-winning authors offer unique perspectives on one of the world’s most tumultuous years.

Nineteen sixty-eight was a pivotal year that grew more intense with each day. As thousands of Vietnamese and Americans were killed in war, students across four continents took over colleges and city streets. Assassins murdered Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy. Demonstrators turned out in Prague and Chicago, and in Mexico City, young people and Olympic athletes protested. In those intense months, generations battled and the world wobbled on the edge of some vast change that was exhilarating one day and terrifying the next. To capture that extraordinary year, editors Marc Aronson and Susan Campbell Bartoletti created an anthology that showcases many genres of nonfiction. Some contributors use a broad canvas, others take a close look at a moment, and matched essays examine the same experience from different points of view. As we face our own moments of crisis and division, 1968 reminds us that we’ve clashed before and found a way forward — and that looking back can help map a way ahead.

With contributions by:
Jennifer Anthony
Marc Aronson
Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Loree Griffin Burns
Paul Fleischman
Omar Figueras
Laban Carrick Hill
Mark Kurlansky
Lenore Look
David Lubar
Kate MacMillan
Kekla Magoon
Jim Murphy
Elizabeth Partridge

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763689933
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 469,617
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Marc Aronson is the author and editor of many titles for young people, including War Is: Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk about War, co-edited by Patty Campbell, and Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies. Marc Aronson lives in New Jersey.

Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the author of many nonfiction books for young people, including Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow, a Newbery Honor Book. She lives in Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Introduction vi


Nightly News-Winter Elizabeth Partridge 3

Biker's Ed Paul Fleischman 6

The Bed Guard Lenore Look 14

The Student View from Paris Kate MacMillan 26


Nightly News-Spring Elizabeth Partridge 38

The Death of the Dream Kekla Magoon 40

The Wrong Side of History Laban Carrick Hill 51

Gym Crow Jennifer Anthony 60

Robert F. Kennedy Mark Kurlansky 72


Nightly News-Summer Elizabeth Partridge 76

People, Get Ready Susan Campbell Bartoletti 78

Prague Spring Mark Kurlansky 94

Running with Sharp Schticks David Lubar 103


Nightly News-Fall Elizabeth Partridge 117

Student Sacrifices Omar Figueras 120

Running into History Jim Murphy 131

The Code Wars Loree Griffin Burns 140

Douglas Engelbart Marc Aronson 151

Author Notes 164

Source Notes 180

Selected Bibliography 193

Image Credits 194

Index 195

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