A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility, and Innocence Lost por Frye Gaillard

February 17, 2020

A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility, and Innocence Lost por Frye Gaillard
Titulo del libro : A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility, and Innocence Lost
Autor : Frye Gaillard

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Críticas A totally absorbing read! Frye Gaillard takes us there and makes it all so real that we forget we're reading. Older readers will feel young, uncertain, and idealistic again. Younger readers will hope to find the courage of the 1960's -- in politics, artistic expression, science -- to improve the lot of all humankind on this precious earth. Gaillard's A Hard Rain is worthy of the best literary prizes our country can bestow. -- Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife, Four Spirits, and AbundanceWith graceful prose and a storyteller's eye, Frye Gaillard captures the hope and tragedy of the 1960s, one of the pivotal decades in American history. Beginning with the idealism of the civil rights movement, and ending with the violence both at home and abroad brought about by the war in Vietnam, Gaillard offers a dimensioned portrait of a nation straining toward its highest ideals. Many published books report on some aspect of the history, but rare is the account that is as comprehensive and personal. A masterwork. -- Morris Dees, Southern Poverty Center co-founderThere is a bittersweet pleasure in reading A Hard Rain, Frye Gaillard's very personal account of the 1960s, and the subtitle captures our ambivalence: Our Decade of Hope, Possibility and Innocence Lost. Gaillard's graceful narrative may be about a past decade, but he speaks to the present for the lost opportunities and the moral and political failures of the 1960s have returned to haunt us today. --Dan Carter, Education Foundation, University Professor Emeritus, University of South CarolinaA child of the Sixties and one of the leading civil-rights reporters of his generation, Frye Gaillard has given us a riveting tour along what he calls the fine line between history and journalism. As a reporter he has witnessed a great deal and interviewed many of the key figures of the decade that shaped America's future while breaking its heart. As a scholar he has read widely and thought deeply about our nation's halting pursuit of justice and mercy for all. A Hard Rain is essential reading for a time when an American president has willfully ignored the hard-earned lessons from our passage through the most tumultuous decade of social change since the Civil War. -- Howell Raines, Former Executive Editor of The New York Times, winner of the Pulitzer PrizeThe Sixties had it all -- social movements and space exploration, once-in-a-generation musicians and once-in-a-lifetime martyrs, a Cold War and a hot one, too. A Hard Rain beautifully ties it all together in poetic prose that makes the pain and pleasure, tragedy and triumph of these tumultuous years come alive. Whether you came of age during the Sixties like author Frye Gaillard or were born after it like me, A Hard Rain is the new starting point for anyone who wants to understand the most impactful decade of the 20th century. -- Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Professor of History, Ohio State University, author of Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt.Frye Gaillard has written a sweeping and yet penetrating account of the 1960s, recalling not only the famous activists and leaders but also the musicians, artists and writers whose work helped shape that tumultuous era. It's a deeply personal account as well -- a story of a young man grappling with our nation's dark history and seeking to propel it toward a more promising future. Rare is the book that combines the personal with the historical in such a powerful way. -- Cynthia Tucker, syndicated columnist, Pulitzer Prize winnerFrye Gaillard has long been one of the South's most imaginative popular historians, and his remarkable gift for combining history and memory has never been more apparent than in his new book on the 1960s, A Hard Rain. Of the many books that have tried to capture the spirit and meaning of this tumultuous decade, A Hard Rain is surely among the best. Gaillard's mastery of the art of storytelling, along with his unerring accuracy in characterizing the era's leading political and cultural figures, turns his personal reflections into compelling and insightful history. -- Raymond Arsenault, author of Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial JusticeFrye Gaillard's A Hard Rain brings us back to the 1960s, a remarkable era when the Civil Rights Movement struggled, in a time of racial strife and violence, to ""save the soul of America""; when a young president's idealism created the Peace Corps, and challenged his country to put a man on the moon; when a sexual and cultural revolution swept over a new generation; and when the U.S. became embroiled in the increasingly unpopular and unwinnable War in Vietnam and an unfought war on poverty at home. Gaillard brings those who lived through those days back to a time of Kennedys and King, and those who did not to an understanding of a decade that continues to reach into and define our present moment. -- Theodore Shaw, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the UNC Center for Civil RightsA Hard Rain is a smart, readable survey, at once personal and universal, of a decade that is still under debate today. Taking a broadly synoptic view, Frye Gaillard focuses on small moments that yielded huge effects. The battle against racial division quickly emerges as a major theme in Gaillard's narrative, with mileposts such as Thurgood Marshall's key role in Supreme Court decisions about how it wasn't enough simply not to segregate; integration was required, too. An illuminating, you-are-there view of events on the ground in the turbulent 1960s. -- Kirkus ReviewsI'm swept away by how comprehensive A Hard Rain is, by its anecdotal style, its readability, the range of topics, ambition of the undertaking, and emotionality and intellectual integrity of the author. There has been a lot of attention these last few years to the 1960s as any number of fiftieth anniversaries have been celebrated. But these have been like drum solos. Frye Gaillard's book, with its mixture of the personal and scholarly, with its weaving together of so many stories, is simply symphonic. This is great work. -- Malcolm Margolin, author and award-winning editor and founder of Heyday and News from Native California Reseña del editor Frye Gaillard has given us a deeply personal history, bringing his keen storyteller’s eye to this pivotal time in American life. He explores the competing story arcs of tragedy and hope through the political and social movements of the times — civil rights, black power, women’s liberation, the War in Vietnam, and the protests against it. But he also examines the cultural manifestations of change — music, literature, art, religion, and science — and so we meet not only the Brothers Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X, but also Gloria Steinem, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Harper Lee, Mister Rogers, Rachel Carson, James Baldwin, Andy Warhol, Billy Graham, Thomas Merton, George Wallace, Richard Nixon, Angela Davis, Barry Goldwater, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Berrigan Brothers.“There are many different ways to remember the sixties,” Gaillard writes, “and this is mine. There was in these years the sense of a steady unfolding of time, as if history were on a forced march, and the changes spread to every corner of our lives. As future generations debate the meaning of the decade, I hope to offer a sense of how it felt to have lived it. A Hard Rain is one writer’s reconstruction and remembrance of a transcendent era — one that, for better or worse, lives with us still.” Ver Descripción del producto