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I think Kimball is a middle-class, conservative and racist bigot who looks down on anyone who listens to 'rock' or 'pop' music; artists who are not rooted in the classical tradition; the masses, who he deems infantile and morally corrupt. Indeed anyone who does not agree wholesale with his constrained view of them and us. The whip, the old-school-tie and 'spiritually' moral guidance are Kimballs world. Don't expect to learn anything of Sixties America here, it's basically one long moan from start to finish from a man whose mind closed 50 years ago.
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I loved this book. It was both perfectly written and narrated. In fact, I so enjoyed it I listened to much of it two and three times. The author provides an authentic, well researched scrutiny of the 60's revolution -- the roots, the personalities that came to influence and their motives, coalescing factors and how they were unscrupulously leveraged and manipulated, and serious ramifications (many to which we seem blind!) from a time of unquestionable revolution in this country as pervasive and enduring as China's cultural revolution. For me, it filled in the blanks, unmasked some indeterminate forces behind the times then and remaining today, and gave me a clear perspective of something I knew but wasn't able to fully articulate until I read this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone of any generation to better understand either what happened to a whole generation then or how we got where we are today... and do acquire some outrage over lost values and that generation duped out of its integrity. This is an historical perspective not to be missed!
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In this book Roger Kimball describes in great detail how the "Cultural Revolution" was launched against the fabric of our nation. True there are those who upon listening to this will begin foaming at the mouth as Mr. Kimball attacks and demolishes their cultural icons.
Whether one agrees with Mr. Kimball's own values is a matter of personal choice. One can not deny that the material he presents here is true. A group of cultural elites waged war on the values and ideas of a nation. Their ideas were hardly new. I was born after the events in this book occcured. That means that I and my generation have a lot of work ahead to undo the intense damage that our parents generation have done to our nation. Thank you Mr. Kimball for showing us how we arrived at our present day crisis.
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