"Perceptive, judicious, and written with an engaging flair, master historian John Robert Greene’s America in the Sixties vividly brings to life arguably the most important and complex decade of the twentieth century."—Melvin Small, author of The Presidency of Richard Nixon
"John Robert Greene and the 1960s are a perfect match. The incisive analysis of the politics, culture, and historical impact of that fascinating decade will delight Greene’s many readers. The irreverent chapter on John F. Kennedy is certain to spark fruitful controversy. Today’s students will find America in the Sixties an excellent and accessible introduction to ten years that still resonate in contemporary society."—Lewis L. Gould, author of 1968: The Election That Changed America
"John Robert Greene is the best kind of historian—a gifted storyteller who peels back the layers of well-known events to reveal the web of social movements, politics and people that changed the world forever and still shapes us today."—Mary Beth Tinker, activist and educator; plaintiff in Tinker v. Des Moines (1969)
In America in the Sixties, Greene goes beyond the clichés and synthesizes thirty years of research, writing, and teaching on one of the most turbulent decades of the twentieth century. Greene sketches the well-known players of the period—John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Betty Friedan—bringing each to life with subtle detail. He introduces the reader to lesser-known incidents of the decade and offers fresh and persuasive insights on many of its watershed events. Combining an engrossing narrative with intelligent analysis, America in the Sixties enriches our understanding of that pivotal era.
John Robert Greene is the Paul J. Schupf Professor of History and Humanities at Cazenovia College. He has written or edited seventeen books including The Limits of Power: The Nixon and Ford Administrations and The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford. He is a regular commentator in the national media, having appeared on such forums as MSNBC, National Public Radio, C-SPAN, and the History Channel.
6 x 9, 218 pages