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Long Time Gone: The Years of Turmoil Remembered [Hardcover]

Curt Smith
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2.0 out of 5 stars No New Perspectives in these Puff Pieces Feb. 14 2004
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Veteran news reporter, editor, and political speechwriter Curt Smith goes back to interview some of the people who shaped America during his college years, 1969 through 1973, what he calls the "Years of Turmoil". Published in 1982, almost twenty years after the events that are discussed in these pages, this book should be something of an historical document. Unfortunately, Smith shows himself to be a pretty soft interviewer, at least by today's standards. Although he speaks to such luminaries as Ronald Reagan, Julian Bond, George Wallace, John Chancellor, Billy Graham, Jerry Rubin, and Richard Nixon, they provide no more insight than Smith's old school chums and former teachers. Maybe it's because in the long run, these men were more concerned about maintaining their legacies than in digging up the truth. In his search for meaning, lessons, significance, or even consequences of the period in question, Smith seems to have come up empty - to put it in newsman's terms, there's no story here. Students who are researching the period might find some good quotes in this book, but they will find nothing in the way of new perspectives.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No New Perspectives in these Puff Pieces Feb. 14 2004
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Veteran news reporter, editor, and political speechwriter Curt Smith goes back to interview some of the people who shaped America during his college years, 1969 through 1973, what he calls the "Years of Turmoil". Published in 1982, almost twenty years after the events that are discussed in these pages, this book should be something of an historical document. Unfortunately, Smith shows himself to be a pretty soft interviewer, at least by today's standards. Although he speaks to such luminaries as Ronald Reagan, Julian Bond, George Wallace, John Chancellor, Billy Graham, Jerry Rubin, and Richard Nixon, they provide no more insight than Smith's old school chums and former teachers. Maybe it's because in the long run, these men were more concerned about maintaining their legacies than in digging up the truth. In his search for meaning, lessons, significance, or even consequences of the period in question, Smith seems to have come up empty - to put it in newsman's terms, there's no story here. Students who are researching the period might find some good quotes in this book, but they will find nothing in the way of new perspectives.
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