Thursday, October 25, 2012

Encyclopedia of the Sixties

Baugess, James S. and DeBolt, Abbe Allen, eds. Encyclopedia of the Sixties: A Decade of Culture and Counterculture. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood, 2012. 2 vols.

Call No.: R 973.9 En19b

Publisher's Description: Encyclopedia of the Sixties: A Decade of Culture and Counterculture surveys the 1960s from January 1960 to December 1969. Nearly 500 entries cover everything from the British television cult classic The Avengers to the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. The two-volume work also includes biographies of artists, architects, authors, statesmen, military leaders, and cinematic stars, concentrating on what each individual accomplished during the 1960s, with brief postscripts of their lives beyond the period.

There was much more to the Sixties than flower power and LSD, and the entries in this encyclopedia were compiled with an eye to providing a balanced view of the decade. Thus, unlike works that emphasize only the radical and revolutionary aspects of the period to the exclusion of everything else, these volumes include the political and cultural Right, taking a more academic than nostalgic approach and helping to fill a gap in the popular understanding of the era.

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Special thanks to the editor, James S. Baugess, a Carson-Newman alumnus from the class of 1978, for his gift of this set to our library.