474 pages, 6″x9″
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Marked by cultural revolution and bold, new ways of thinking and living, including revolutions in philosophical thought, economic practices, and cultural touchstones such as music and dress, the 1960s ushered in a new era. However, in Generation ’68: The Elite Revolution and Its Legacy, prolific author Kerry R. Bolton argues that the supposed “grassroots” youth revolt of the 1960s was anything but; instead of a bottom-up revolt of the youth, it was in fact a top-down revolt of the elites.
Bolton echoes the assessment that both the left and its supposed antithesis, capitalism, share in their roots a rebellious spirit against authenticity, and he goes on to stress how the manipulation of the “youth revolt” played a primary role in what has brought us to the modern predicament, a world completely lacking in objectivity and authenticity. Generation ’68 exposes the phoniness of the 1960s youth revolt for what it is and delves into its various aspects and effects, including: the Cold War CIA origins of certain youth movements; the “hip capitalism” of Woodstock, Hair, and Hollywood co-optations; federal agency and foundation funding for “radical” groups, including Students for a Democratic Society (SDS); the ’68 “revolts” in Paris, the United States, and Prague; and employment of New Leftists in the Peace Corps, VISTA, etc.
Taking advantage of the fact that these events were thoroughly documented, Bolton uses an extensive trail of evidence to make his case. Antelope Hill Publishing is proud to publish this latest masterpiece from Kerry R. Bolton: Generation ’68: The Elite Revolution and Its Legacy.