The year 1968 was unlike any other; some historians have said it left an “indelible” mark on the American psyche. The daily news was filled with images of death, destruction and dissidence. The assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy along with the graphic execution of a Vietcong guerilla are seared in our collective memories. At the same time Americans were enraptured by the images of planet earth and the moon sent by Apollo 8. They were-well-almost heavenly.
1968 also proved to be a rich year for books and the City Pulse is sponsoring a monthly book club featuring 12 books that capture the essence of that incredible year. The January selection is 1968: The Year that Rocked the World by Mark Kurlansky. It’s a good introduction to the pivotal year in American history, with Kurlansky telling a straight-forward history of the events that changed the world.