1969 and Then Some

1969 and Then Some

A Memoir of Romance, Motorcycles, and Lingering Flashbacks of A Golden Age

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The year when everything needed to be experienced and tried, when innocence was tempted, played, and lost.

1969 was that pivotal year for the baby boomers. Young and innocent, they were given the ultimate freedoms and were faced with growing up.

This touching, hilarious memoir is the true story of a late sixties grand tour of Europe—a life-defining parable, for those who remember and for those who can’t. Never before and not since have a handful of seasons so exquisitely defined the difference between right and wrong. With the gift of youth they saw, sensed, and savored the laughably clear distinction between profit motive and greed, between truth and propaganda, between national interest and defense contractors, between a lovely cloud of smoke and the smoke of napalm, and between the phantoms of security and the dangers of complacency and atrophy.

Stoned to the gills and then some, these adventurers saw and felt and knew things that no generation before did. Some fully engaged in the counterculture while others merely observed, sticking a left foot in, pulling a left foot out, but not quite jumping to the full hokeypokey.

It was an incredible time of self-discovery, of love, and of finding out what you were made of.

“A true story of unfettered freedom and adventure, speed, sex, fun and drugs” by the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award nominee (Columbia County Observer).
 
For anyone who’s heard about the 1960s, for those who remember it, and for those who can’t, this is Robert Wintner’s touching and hilarious memoir of that pivotal final year of a revolutionary era. Never before—and not since—have a handful of seasons so exquisitely defined the difference between right and wrong. With the gift of youth, and stoned to the gills, a generation saw, sensed, and savored the clear distinction between profit and greed, truth and propaganda, national interest and defense contractors, a lovely cloud of smoke and the stench of napalm, and between the phantoms of security and the dangers of complacency.
 
It was an incredible time of self-discovery and love, wonder and disillusion, when the young and innocent were given ultimate freedoms only to be faced with the harsh realities of growing up. Wintner recounts it all in his on-the-road grand tour from the American Midwest to Europe.


Publisher: New York : Yucca Publishing
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781631580215
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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