1967: The Year of Fire and Ice by Victor Brooks

By Victor Brooks

Blazing scorching meets icy cool in a momentous yr in US history

On New Year’s Day in 1967, the 2 hundred million american citizens who lived within the usa have been approximately to event a desirable, intriguing, and infrequently bewildering 12 months that for lots of shaped an iconic element of their lives. even though the arrival 12 months produced no Black Friday, Pearl Harbor, or Sept. 11 assault, the state nonetheless underwent dramatic adjustments in every little thing from help for the Vietnam warfare to approval of applicants for the 1968 presidential election to attitudes towards intercourse with strangers and what constitutes the established order.

Almost with no major forewarning, americans in 1967 witnessed a simultaneous cooling of chilly struggle tensions with the Soviet Union whereas the struggle in Vietnam exploded right into a white-hot clash that inflicted approximately 200 American conflict deaths per week. in the meantime, kids at domestic have been alternately hearing the “cool” sound of the Beatle’s new “Sgt. Pepper” album and Jim Morrison’s plea to get ever better in “Light my Fire.” On tv an emotional, passionate James T. Kirk shared an Enterprise bridge with the cool and logical Mr. Spock.

Victor Brooks explores what happened—and at times, didn't happen—to those 200 million american citizens in a countrywide curler coaster experience that used to be the 12 months 1967. He chronicles a society that proportionally had way more teenagers than used to be the case 5 many years later, with a broadly publicized new release hole that produced extra arguments, pressure, and ache among old and young american citizens than any twenty first century counterpart. 1967 is an interesting, wide-ranging exploration together with subject matters starting from the 1st large Bowl, the start of the 1968 presidential crusade, the social influence of the “Summer of affection” in San Francisco, and the yank wrestle event in an increasing conflict in Vietnam. The publication represents a reunion of types for child Boomers in addition to a guidebook for more youthful readers on how their elders coped with one of many definitive years of a pivotal decade.

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