The Long March

  • by Roger Kimball
  • Narrated by Raymond Todd
  • 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The architects of America's cultural revolution of the 1960s were Beat authors like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, and celebrated figures like Norman Mailer, Timothy Leary, Eldridge Cleaver, and Susan Sontag. In examining the lives and works of those who spoke for the 1960s, Roger Kimball conceives a series of cautionary tales, an annotated guidebook of wrong turns, dead-ends, and blind alleys. According to Kimball, the revolutionary assaults on "The System" in the 1960s still define the way we live now, with intellectually debased schools and colleges, morally chaotic sexual relations and family life, and a degraded media and popular culture. While some may think of the 1960s as "the Last Good Time", Kimball paints the decade as a seedbed of excess and moral breakdown.

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"Roger Kimball delivers a shrewd judgment...Its dissection of the ideas that coalesced into cultural revolution is superb." (Wall Street Journal)

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The Long March

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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- Suzanne

Somewhere to the right of Stalin in thinking . . .

I bought this book as I wanted a historical review of the 1960s. I didn't care if the bias was positive or as this personal self serving diatribe turned out to be negative. The author never actually discusses the history. Instead using an artistic approach reminiscent of Saturday Night Live and their skits on bad English plays, the author only focuses on how immoral the main characters were in the 60s.

I mean really, they were immoral in the 1960s? I am stunned! Isn't that the definition of counter culture? I don't care how immoral these people were, just as one doesn't think of this when looking at a Caravaggio painting. It was what they did and how they did it which is of historical significance.

The author puts himself in the role of judge and jury as to what good and bad art is, good and bad spirituality is, etc. The approach could have worked if he had simply stopped telling us over and over again - immoral! I want the evidence so that I can make up my own mind. Not to be bashed repeatedly over the head with the authors opinion which already today badly shows dating!

I recommend not to buy this book unless you are of a mindset from the far right and want to hear the sixties described in terms such as detritus and the like. I must confess that despite my best efforts I was only able to listen to 100 minutes before deleting this so called "book."
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- Leo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-01-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.