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The 1960s (Decades of the 20th Century)

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The Hulton Getty Picture Collection 1960s

By Christine L Adamow - December 4, 1999

WOW...Groovy...Nick Yapp has captured the essence of the 1960s in his comprehensive, graphic, detailed picture book. This small, concise, picture book is heavy in nostalgia. The photos of John and Yoko, Joplin, and the crazy fashions of the time are magnificient. The best recap of the 60s for the price that I have found. A quick review of this little gem, puts you right back on the picket line and in front of the stage at Woodstock. The photos are THAT good. The short descriptions are in English, German, and French and add a continental, world touch to this little treasure. A must for anyone who wants to remember the 60s with passion.

A great visual summary of the Sixties, mainly in Britain

By Robert Moore - December 20, 2002

Earlier this year, I read an absolutely spectacular book on the Swinging London in the sixties, READY, STEADY, GO! by Shawn Levy. THE 1960S could serve as a visual companion volume to that book. The decade was unquestionably one of the most fascinating of the century, and provided a host of subjects worthy of being recorded visually. Happily, this book does a great job of capturing the decade, with only one caveat.The caveat. In many ways, this is my favorite volume in the Decades of the Twentieth Century series edited by Nick Yap, but it is also the volume in which the lone weakness-if it is a weakness-of the series as a whole comes out: the profoundly Anglo-centric slant of each volume. Mind you, a lot of very exciting things were happening in Great Britain in the sixties, as noted above, especially in music, fashion, and youth. But I had a bit of trouble with the Sports section, for instance. Worldwide, I don't think that many people think back to the sixties and think... read more

worthy collection of '60s era British photos, but short on description

By danielx - January 12, 2013

Like other volumes of this book series, "The 1960s" contains 400 pages of gray scale photographs taken from the Hulton Getty picture collection. The photos are organized into 13 chapters that illustrate political activity ("Movers and Shakers," "Conflict", "Protest"), social life ("Entertainment," "The Arts," "Pop," "Fashion," "Youth", "Children") and two other chapters ("The space age" and Guilt and grief", the latter showing the aftermath of natural disasters, assassinations, and accidents). Each chapter is introduced with a few paragraphs of text, and each photo bears a brief description. The text is rendered in English as well as German and French.

The photographs show tantalizing glimpses of the tumultous 1960s, but the brief descriptions will be insufficient to acquaint youngers readers with the people and events, and their historical context and significance. The chosen photos reflect something of a British perspective, but with more of an international sampling than... read more

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