What are the best 1960s historical books?

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    #1A Freewheelin' Time

    A Freewheelin' Time

    A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties is a historical non-fiction biography book written by Suze Rotolo.  It is published in 2007. 

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    Christopher Perkins
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "A Freewheelin' Time is the best 1960s historical books. It really goes in-depth about the past and really captures the emotion of the people."
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    #2The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe is a creative nonfiction novel originally published in 1968. This book is claimed as the breaking ground for the literary style of New Journalism.

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    Evelyn Wong
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is a bizarre book that really gives you a slice of life from someone actively traveling around and participating in the 60's hippie culture. To be able to drop a ton of acid yet still write a cohesive book that speaks to the politics and chaos of the times is impressive. Usually books like these are written "about" people, and not "by" people."
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    #3Ready, Steady, Go!

    Ready, Steady, Go!
    Ready, Steady, Go!: The Smashing Rise and Giddy Fall of Swinging London is a historical non-fiction book written by Shawn Levy. It is first published in 2002. 
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    Christian Anderson
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "IF you are really into historical books and the history of places this will be a perfect book for you. It is extremely well done and it features a lot of insight into London."
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    #4From Yale to Jail

    From Yale to Jail

    From Yale to Jail: The Life Story of a Moral Dissenter is a historical non-fiction biography written by David T. Dellinger. It is first published in 1993 by Pantheon. 

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    Elizabeth Davis
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Although From Yale to Jail was an interesting read, I wouldn't say that it is the best 1960s historical book out there. Yes, there are snippets that talk about events that happen in 1960, but it doesn't cover everything that happens. This book focuses more on Dave Dellinger's political involvement."
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    #5Edie: An American Biography

    Edie: An American Biography

    Edie: An American Biography is a historical non-fiction biography written by Jean Stein. This pop culture book is first published in 1982 by Knopf. 

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    Carol Olson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Interesting and sad story about Edie, who went from a pop culture star to the pithole of sex, drugs & rock n roll, so to speak. It's quite a look at that era and may give you a different perspective that all was not as glamorous as it seemed."
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    #6Loose Change

    Loose Change
    Loose Change: Three Women of the Sixties is a feminist non-fiction biography book written by Sara Davidson. This memoir is first published in 1977. 
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    Ankita Mehra
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "overall this was an interesting read. It probably wouldn't have been my first pick in books but it had some interesting history to it."
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    #7The Right Stuff

    The Right Stuff
    The Right Stuff is a nonfiction book by Tom Wolfe detailing the lives of the men behind America's victory in the Space Race in the 1960s. This book is a second edition published on May 16, 2004, by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
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    Christina Olson
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This classic novel takes you inside the world, and inside the minds, of astronauts. Yes, this was also a movie, but you should read the book too. Of course the technology is different from the way things were when the book was written, but that shouldn't put you off. It's an exciting story."
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    #8Last Girl Standing

    Last Girl Standing

    Last Girl Standing is Trina Robbins' illustrated memoir of her fight to stand out as a cartoonist in a misogynistic society while operating a fashion boutique with a star-studded clientele.

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    Elizabeth Watson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I will say overall this isn't the BEST 1960 historical book. It doesn't cover history per say, but rather covers a story about a character. It is a biography and I wouldn't put last girl standing in the category of history books. "
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    #9L'Americain: A Photojournalist's Life

    L'Americain: A Photojournalist's Life

    L'Americain: A Photojournalist's Life is a fictional novel written by John Launois and Chirs Pan Launois. This fictional novel was published on October 15, 2013 by Prospecta Press.

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    Andrea Schneider
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "L'Americain: A Photojournalist's Life is about a time before modern television, cable and constant news information. The novel it tells about how photography in pictures in magazines filled the world with the information of the day. People saw everything from front line war to the Beatles in those coveted magazines. The book follows the generous life of a completely devoted photojournalist who did his best to give the world his best."
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    #10The Jew of Rome

    The Jew of Rome

    The Jew of Rome by Lion Feuchtwanger is a historical fiction novel originally published in 1963. This is the second book in Feuchtwanger's Trilogy of Historical Novels on Josephus, Rome, and Judea.

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    Vihaan Rangarajan
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "A rare find, The Jew of Rome is very much a book of its time. I've found that it gives the reader a solid grounding of how the people of the 1960s viewed history in relation to themselves. Definitely a book to keep an eye out for."

Summary

Best What are the best 1960s historical books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1A Freewheelin' TimeBooks 36 Paid
2The Electric Kool-Aid Acid TestBooks 32 Paid
3Ready, Steady, Go!Books 30 Paid
4From Yale to JailBooks 29 Paid
5Edie: An American BiographyBooks 27 Paid
6Loose ChangeBooks 26 Paid
7The Right StuffBooks 24 Paid
8Last Girl StandingBooks 23 Paid
9L'Americain: A Photojournalist's LifeBooks 0 Paid
10The Jew of RomeBooks 0 Paid
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