While pursuing a minor in English, I wrote a paper for a Creative Writing class on WIU's response to the Vietnam War and most specifically, the tragedy at Kent State on May 4, 1970. The great value here is the meticulous synthesis of reports, oral histories, interviews, considerations of location and that Means never lets the p. Means carefully reconstructs the events leading up to the fatal shots, emphasizing the friction between the shifting communities of the town, the university, the students, the administration, the sports fans and biker gangs from Akron who showed up to take part in the college dive bar action, the National Guard, competing protest groups and the ROTC. I was a student at Kent State in the mid 2000's, and studied architecture in Taylor Hall, the building shown on the cover of the book, walking past the graves in the Prentice Hall parking lot everyday on my way to & from class. Howard Means's "67 Shots: Kent State and the End o... Christopher Morgan Jones's "The Searcher", Billie Livingston's "The Crooked Heart of Mercy", Tessa Arlen's "Death Sits Down to Dinner". We still have protests today, but the participants and flavor (as well as the object of the protests) are different. on Pinterest. When Truth Mattered: The Kent State Shootings 50 Years Later, The Unfinished Journey: America Since World War II, Moments of Truth: A Photographer’s Experience of Kent State 1970, This We Know: A Chronology of the Shootings at Kent State, May 1970, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Series in History & Culture (Paperback)), The Kent State Massacre: The History and Legacy of the Shootings That Shocked America, "[A] superb book...balanced, detailed and compellingly written.". This rating is really 2.5 stars, rounded up. It shocked me then, and haunted me ever since. Thursday, April 14, 2016. A parody of Top Gun (1986) in which a talented but unstable fighter pilot must overcome the ghosts of his father and save a mission sabotaged by greedy weapons manufacturers. I thought the book was very well done. It was not a pretty time for America. I was 10 years old and lived 40 miles away from Kent State University when the campus shootings happened on May 4, 1970. In 1990, I was a junior at Western Illinois University. VERDICT Although Means raises more inquiries than answers, he presents a solid account of a watershed moment in history. The book covers all areas and allows the reader to make up their own mind about the situation. This book looks at one of 19th century America's most influential politicians and speakers, from his career to his most influential oratory. June 2020. Along with pictures and accounts, this book examines one of the most notorious events of the Vietnam Era, and the lingering controversies over it. written 46 years after the Kent State Massacre is by far the best researched and best written account I have read, Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2016. It is worthwhile to revisit this sad event so that we can take lessons from what happened for the future. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. If you're a seller, Fulfillment by Amazon can help you grow your business. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime. (I received this book from NetGalley for an impartial review). Jun 7, 2020 - Explore Karen Kuo's board "FilmStudies" on Pinterest. Means does all this with the style of a master story-teller, the skepticism of a journalist, and the calm voice of someone with a nuanced eye for the uses of history. Since the book was published so recently it was great to hear about developments & research from as recent as the 2010s, while also placing the shootings into a more present day historical context. --Louis de Bernières, author of, Hilary Green's "Educational Reconstruction", Stephanie Kate Strohm's "The Taming of the Drew". Means did a great job of remaining objective during the book, although he did seem to side with the students. Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska becomes Senator John McCain's running mate in the 2008 Presidential election. Has the National Guard been sent to campuses since Kent State?