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Professor Robert Cottrell's Book about 1968 Receives Glowing Reviews

Reviews of 1968: The Rise and Fall of the New American Revolution

“Robert Cottrell and Blaine Browne's 1968: The Rise and Fall of the New American Revolution, published on the 50th anniversary of the astonishing and often world-changing events it describes, is old-fashioned narrative history at its best: thoroughly researched, lucid, penetrating, filled with vividly drawn characters and dramatic scenes, but avoiding sentimentalism and romanticism. It's the perfect book for baby boomer parents and grandparents to give their millennial offspring to make help them sense of the events that shaped a generation.” (Maurice Isserman, co-author of "America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s")

“The year 1968 has been written about many times before, but no one has covered it as comprehensively and as thoroughly as Robert C. Cottrell and Blaine T. Browne. Their narrative offers almost all of the key players, including Dr. Spock, Dr. King, Malcolm X and George Wallace, as well as the young activists and protesters who belonged to SDS, the IRA, the Yippies, and the Black Panthers. The feminist movement is here and gay liberation, too, along with the key places, nationally and internationally, where revolution broke out: Prague, Berlin, Chicago and San Francisco. 1968: The Rise and Fall of the New American Revolution looks back at the 1950s and ahead to the present day. It arrives in the nick of time for the 50th anniversary of the year that rocked the world.” (Jonah Raskin, author of For the Hell of It: The Life and Times of Abbie Hoffman)

“Cottrell and Browne have penned an exhilarating romp through one of the most electrifying years on American history—1968—and the result is a provocative read.” (Terry H. Anderson, Texas A&M University, and author of "The Movement and the Sixties" and "The Sixties," 5th edition)

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