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1968

In 1968, a nation fought two wars: one abroad...and one with itself. On one front, Spider walked point and tried to survive an insanity he neither accepted nor understood. On another, his "girl," Beverly, drifted into a strange counterculture that offered her dangerous freedoms at the price of her innocence. In 1968, a great black leader was murdered on a balcony in MemphiIn 1968, a nation fought two wars: one abroad...and one with itself. On one front, Spider walked point and tried to survive an insanity he neither accepted nor understood. On another, his "girl," Beverly, drifted into a strange counterculture that offered her dangerous freedoms at the price of her innocence. In 1968, a great black leader was murdered on a balcony in Memphis...a political convention in Chicago was stained with young blood...and Spider and Beverly searched for their separate peace in two worlds on fire. It was the year that changed us all. In 1968, everything went crazy....

Title : 1968
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ISBN : 9780380708031
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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1968 Reviews

  • David
    2019-04-02 04:58

    This is realI was there. I was an infantryman. It's all here: the boredom, the petty bullshit, the fear lurking in the back of your mind every minute of every day, and of course the terror when things got sketchy. I was lucky in that I never had to live through anything as horrific as the events described in this book, but they seem very real to me. Very good book but not for the faint of heart.

  • Jamie
    2019-04-25 06:22

    Had to read this for an English class in college and liked it so much, I kept it. A realistic fictional novel about the Vietnam War and America at this time. Beautiful imagery... Joe Haldeman puts you there and you feel what the characters (and the nation at that time) are feeling.

  • John Murphy
    2019-04-14 08:19

    Wow, this book was everything I hoped it would be and more. Although it deals with some seriously heavy and disturbing subjects there are several laugh out loud moments.; most notably when Spider loses his virginity in a Vietnamese whorehouse.This isn't just another nam novel though as it focuses equally on the shifting cultural plates in the states at the time.Haldemans writing is brilliant throughout with short punchy chapters making the grim subjects easily digestible. Along with The Force and Prince of Thieves this is another recent 5 star read for me.

  • John pierard
    2019-04-04 03:09

    This is a really great novel about that incredible year. Brought it all back for me. An unjustly overlooked classic, as far as I'm concerned.

  • Rita
    2019-04-16 00:24

    P. 248"The double Standard was absolute and unquestioned. Boys cajoled and pleaded and promised, but if a girl finally did give in, they would in all probability have sex with her for a month or two and then wander off looking for fresh blood, or meat, meanwhile telling all the other guys about how easy she was. She was a slit but he was normal, he was a man."Thanks, Joe Haldeman, for reminding me how much and why I hate men. But the book: In 1968 I was a sophomore at Coronado High School in Scottsdale, AZ. We had a demonstration in the park across from the school, wearing black armbands and having a day off school if our parents signed a note for us. We were protesting the Vietnam war, but we didn't have any idea at all about it.My own brother got a 4F deflection from the draft lottery, taking LSD to be deemed mentally incompetent, to get out of his evaluation in New Mexico. I don't know why the draftees were not accorded the recognition and respect that servicemen get now, but they didn't. People actually spit on them!This story is about just one of those GIs, Who suffered brutally in the short time that he served in that cruel and senseless war, and is based on the time that Haldeman spent in Vietnam--1968.

  • Jake
    2019-04-05 06:17

    Well written, but thoroughly depressing book about that year of insanity, 1968.

  • Peter
    2019-03-29 01:06

    A powerful and moving story of the Vietnam War and its effect on Spider, a drafted GI, and Beverley, the girl he left behind to try to wait for him, set against a backdrop of domestic politics and factual sidelights on the nature of the war and the mental illness of the lead character. It’s brutally honest with a realistic cast, an unexpected but convincing final chapter and an indictment of both the army (particularly its psychiatric practices) and contemporary society.

  • gene kadish
    2019-04-07 00:02

    What the Vietnam war did to Americans. If you are too young to remember, or think subsequent or previous wars were the same, you should read this. If you didn't ecperience the "60's" you should read this. If you were there and forgot, you should read this. If you were in Vietnam there may not be any reason to read this.

  • Teddy
    2019-03-26 02:59

    This wasn't a horrible book, but I found myself avoiding continuing on it so decided it must not be what I am in the mood for right now. I found it to be a bit too much like reading various Wikipedia entries related to the Vietnam conflict with little to no character development. The people seemed like they were thrown in to try to make a story around all of the dry details about the conflict, but more as an afterthought.

  • Jon
    2019-03-27 08:21

    What starts out as being about the Vietnam war becomes about something much more interesting, becoming a sort of state of the nation novel for that year. I'm not sure why I didn't like it more.Fuller review on my blog here for the interested.

  • Timothy Boyd
    2019-03-29 03:22

    Very good war story. Alot of Haldeman's personal experiences come through is the story. While normally I look forward to the SiFi stories that Haldeman writes this was a very good piece of fiction. Recommended

  • Brian
    2019-04-19 06:27

    A guttural, surprisingly touching Vietnam memoir. In continues Haldeman's theme of "what happens when academics are sent off to war." Himself being a veteran of Vietnam, the book is well done. It's graphic, sincere, and occasionally quite horrifying, if only because so much of it is real.

  • Peter Juzyk
    2019-04-08 08:05

    Not what I was expecting but an incredible intense novel. I need to read more Joe Haldeman.