The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America

By Roger Kimball
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9.38 Hours 06/26/2005 unabridged
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The architects of America’s cultural revolution of the 1960s were Beat authors like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, and celebrated figures like Norman Mailer, Timothy Leary, Eldridge Cleaver and Susan Sontag. In examining the lives and works of those who spoke for the 1960s, Roger Kimball conceives a series of cautionary tales, an annotated guidebook of wrong turns, dead-ends, and blind alleys. According to Kimball, the revolutionary assaults on “The System” in the 1960s still define the way we live now, with intellectually debased schools and colleges, morally chaotic sexual relations and family life, and a degraded media and popular culture. While some may think of the 1960s as “the Last Good Time,” Kimball paints the decade as a seedbed of excess and moral breakdown

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Summary

Summary

A Times Literary Supplement Best Book of 2000

The architects of America’s cultural revolution of the 1960s were Beat authors like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, and celebrated figures like Norman Mailer, Timothy Leary, Eldridge Cleaver and Susan Sontag. In examining the lives and works of those who spoke for the 1960s, Roger Kimball conceives a series of cautionary tales, an annotated guidebook of wrong turns, dead-ends, and blind alleys.

According to Kimball, the revolutionary assaults on “The System” in the 1960s still define the way we live now, with intellectually debased schools and colleges, morally chaotic sexual relations and family life, and a degraded media and popular culture. While some may think of the 1960s as “the Last Good Time,” Kimball paints the decade as a seedbed of excess and moral breakdown

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Shuyun effectively dismantles the Maoist legends while remaining inspired by the marchers' courage. Booklist Starred Review
“Terrific…We haven’t had a radical analysis like this—ever.” William F. Buckley Jr.
“How deeply rooted are our nation’s cultural problems? What is the legacy of the 1960s? Where are America’s culture wars going? Few people take these important questions more seriously than Roger Kimball. And few write about them with such clarity and eloquence.” William J. Bennett, New York Times bestselling author and former Secretary of Education
“Roger Kimball delivers a shrewd judgment…Its dissection of the ideas that coalesced into cultural revolution is superb.” Wall Street Journal
“Kimball’s diagnosis is so powerful, so rigorous and devastating, that one who reads and reflects on The Long March can hardly be immune to its extraordinarily powerful testimony.” American Outlook
“[Kimball] argues forcefully that the pernicious influence of the 1960s can still be felt…There’s a distinctly conservative crankiness to Kimball’s writing…yet this inclination can lead to fascinating, if arguable, insights about modern American culture.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“Mr. Kimball clears away the underbrush of false history and shows what actually happened.” John Leo, writer and senior fellow, Manhattan Institute
“Roger Kimball has produced a searching and comprehensive study that…shows the routinization of exciting ideals, and the power and impotence of ideas.” Harvey C. Mansfield, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University

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Author

Author Bio: Roger Kimball

Roger Kimball is editor and publisher of The New Criterion and an art critic for the Spectator (London). He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Times Literary Supplement (London), National Review, Public Interest, Modern Painters, Art and Antiques, and Museum and Arts Washington. He lives in South Norwalk, Connecticut.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.38
Audience: Adult
Language: English