The Sixties in America Review

“Gr 9 Up-Students researching this tumultuous period will find clearly presented entries that sketch the events, people, organizations, scientific advances, and popular culture of the sixties. The generally brief articles are alphabetically arranged and written chiefly by academic contributors. Each one begins with a brief summary that explains the significance of the event, person, film, etc., in the context of the cultural, social, and/or political climate. See-also references follow all entries. Well chosen black-and-white photos enliven the text on nearly every other page. Valuable appendixes cover such topics as major legislation and important Supreme Court decisions and provide statistics and a time line of science and technology. An extensive, up-to-date bibliography and a mediagraphy listing electronic materials, videos, and Web sites conclude the set. Unfortunately, the appendixes are not indexed. American Decades, 1960-1969 (Gale, 1994) provides comparable coverage in one volume, but the bibliographies lack the variety of resources found here. Libraries experiencing a high demand for materials on this subject will find this set valuable.”
-School Library Journal, 1999

“…[O]nly The Sixties in America devotes articles to mainstream cultural phenomena such as conservatism in politics, football, Mickey Mantle, the vast northeastern power failure of 1965, the Seattle World's Fair, and Weight Watchers. It also covers the issues and figures of the civil rights struggle, the Vietnam War and the protests against it, and the counterculture which gave birth to the culture wars that energize public policy debates in fin de siècle America. Because the signed articles not only explain an event, person, or issue in the context of their times, but tease out its significance in subsequent decades, this uses the advantages of hindsight to help readers — especially younger readers who did not experience that turbulent time — to separate fact from legend. See also references, multiple indexes, and bibliographies increase this set's value.”
-Gale, 1999