Having first come across this book in the early seventies at my local public library, I was very pleased to be able to purchase this paperback edition and reconnect with some memorable writing. Over the course of twenty five chapters, Levin documents the essence and chaos of the sixties, the sense of moral confusion that reigned as the 'new order' was rapidly making its mark. That there was a vibrant discussion on the moral course the country was taking is a refreshing reflection on the situation today - apathy was definitely not on the agenda of sixties men and women!
Levin's witty and irreverent comments had me laughing out loud on many occassions throughout the book but rather than just being nasty, cynical snipes of the type you could expect from today's diarists, his was formed from a studied knowledge of the various characters. For too long we have been taking the sixties and its so called revolution far too seriously, Levin helps debunk its position in our psyche and presents it as a cacophony of conmen, charlatans and filthy operators. If you want to look back at the main figures and events that made the sixties swing then is the book for you.