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The Sixties Revisited

A book review for all those who lived through the Age of Aquarius
by Norman Berdichevsky
(Dec. 2008)

The Sixties: Cultural Revolution in Britain, France, Italy and the United States, c. 1958- 1974.
Arthur Marwick (Oxford University Press 1998), 903 pages. ISBN 0-199-210 022-X.)

"The Sixties" is a brilliantly incisive and penetrating analysis that transcends pure nostalgia and analyses the causes and consequences of events and trends that formed a watershed in the social history of the United States, Britain, France and Italy and subsequently spread throughout the world. Marwick deals with these four Western nations due to his familiarity with primary sources, experience and fluent knowledge of their languages but it is obvious that French and Italian films, literature, food and clothing had much more of a reciprocal impact with Britain and the United States than Germany, Spain, Scandinavia or anywhere else in Europe. The genius of 'The Sixties' and its charm for both older and younger readers lies to a considerable degree in its jarring use of historical memory to put in perspective the life styles, perceptions, fads and social relations that are so taken for granted today.  more>>>