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An Appreciation of the Book “Kennedy and the Promise of the Sixties” by W. J. Rorabaugh

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This book should have been titled "Kennedy and the Promise of the Kennedy Sixties" because it's basically a history of prominent social, cultural and political developments during JFK's almost 1,000 days in office as 35th President of the United States. Kennedy's thousand days lasted from January, 1961 to November, 1963, and then seamlessly blended into "The Sixties," a time still thought of by most Americans in 2009 as something that happened to America during the decade of the 1960's.

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I graduated from college in 1963, and when I read Rorabaugh's book in 2004, I found it fascinating to the point of spellbinding. Such was my reward for finding a book which spoke directly to my "coming-of-age" years, a historical period which later regrettably vanished into a time-hole. The book for me was a memory lane experience, and I recommend it without reservation to all of my "coming-of-age-from-1960-through-1963" American contemporaries who graduated from college during those four years.

W.J. Rorabaugh has disinterred us.

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I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)

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