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100 Days: How Four Events in 1969 Shaped America
Contributor(s): Lebo, Harlan
ISBN: 1538125919     ISBN-13: 9781538125915
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
    OUR PRICE: $24.30  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: June 2019
Annotation: In this book, cultural historian Harlan Lebo looks back at the first Moon landing, Manson family murders, Woodstock, and the birth of the Internet to tell the story of how each event shaped the nation and how we perceive ourselves.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Nineteen sixty-nine, A.D.
BISAC Categories:
- History | United States | 20th Century
- Social Science | Popular Culture
Dewey: 973.92
LCCN: 2019013711
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (1.60 lbs) 331 pages
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Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

In this somewhat contrived grouping, Lebo, a fellow at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, argues that four 1969 events were cultural watersheds: the moon landing, the Manson family killings, Woodstock, and the creation of the first four nodes of the ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network). Lebo digs deeply into the context and history of each: the political energy behind space exploration, Charles Manson's psychology, the lives and experiences of Woodstock attendees, and the internet's technical history and commercial influence. Lebo counts among the moon walk's legacies public attention to environmental causes championed by former astronauts and a cultural acknowledgment of the value of technology. He argues that the Manson killings led to a cultural elevation of symbolic and political murders as more culturally significant than ordinary mass murderers. Other insights are less original: he contends that Woodstock was a cultural touchstone for baby boomers, with a cross-generational ripple effect that includes the continuing popularity of counterculture festivals such as Burning Man. And his take that the internet is changing the fabric of social relationships won't exactly be news to anyone who is even marginally familiar with the web. Readers may not agree with his arguments that these events were seminal, rather than merely memorable, but those new to the period will find this account edifying. (June)

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