'A page-turner...an eye-opener...a remedy against sloppy nostalgia.' -- Times Literary Supplement
'DeGroot does an impressive job of boiling down complex events, from the Vietnam War to China's Cultural Revolution.'
'His cool, clipped sentences disentangle fact from myth. Refreshing' -- Scotland on Sunday
'It is refreshing to read [a book] that takes a mercifully clear-sighted view of the decade.' -- Literary Review
'It's an argument that baby boomers may find hard to swallow but, such is DeGroot's erudition and analytic precision.'
'The 60s Unplugged is a fabulous history of the decade that lacks the usual nostalgia.' -- The Bookseller
'This is a really important book to put perspective on such a formative decade and remove some of the romance.' -- Bookseller
'[a] highly entertaining and accomplished survey...' -- Oxford Times
`An engagingly languid, world-weary style and some fascinating insights . . . There are many good things in this book.'
In this compelling book, Gerard DeGroot overturns the generally held belief that the sixties was a time of peace, love and understanding, of power to the people, freedom and new dawns. In fact, as he reveals, the decade was as much marked by mindless mayhem, shallow commercialism and unbridled cruelty as it was by wearing flowers in your hair and embracing your fellow man. How many of us, reflecting on those times, think about Sharpeville, the Gaza Strip, Vatican II, Biafra, Jakarta or the Cultural Revolution? Far from being a decade of opening doors, DeGroot argues convincingly that it was, rather, a decade in which they were slammed firmly shut, in which revolution was never on the cards, a time where chauvinism and cynicism got the better of hope and tolerance. Thought-provoking, persuasive and never less than entertaining, De Groot offers readers the Sixties unplugged, free of the amplifiers and filters that blur our memories and muddy our ability to see the past clearly.