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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What the Critics Say

"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

The Worst Audio Book I have Ever listened.

I found this book to be one of the most difficult books to listen to that I have ever purchased. Even given some of the excess of the 1960s and the legacy of that time the author finds nothing redeeming in the times or the peoples. The book if mean and spiteful. I am not a fan of the cultural revolution of the 1960's and especially some of it's leaders. Mr. Kimball certainly exposes many of the leaders of the times but does so in a way that makes him look nothing but hateful. I feel that despite the execess of the times there were some good things that came of it. I could not wait for this bood to be over and forced myself to finish it.
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- David L. Cook

Book Details

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