Victor Brooks author of 1967: The Year of Fire and Ice
Join the Huntingdon Valley Library as we go cruising back to 1967 in our time machine. this deal is outta sight! For only $10 you can travel back in time 50 years and revisit the super groovy year 1967. Things were boss, hip and happenin’ then and this event is sure to be Far Out!
Lunch & Learn
Author of 1967: The Year of Fire and Ice
Sunday, December 3
1 pm | 2nd Floor Community Room
Join us for a lecture, Q & A, with book signing to follow with author, historian, Villanova professor, Lower Moreland graduate, and cool cat Victor Brooks!
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and include a light lunch. Pay at the Library by cash or check, or online through PayPal:
Copies of this book and others will be available for purchase in support of the Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library and Brooks will sign copies after his lively presentation.
Brooks will speak on December 15 at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., but you can cruise over to the Library Lunch & Learn for a preview. “I am so excited to host another successful Lower Moreland local to speak at the Library. Valerie Plame, Marie-Helene Bertino, Dean Morey, and now Victor Brooks!,” said Library Director Sharon Moreland-Sender.
Victor Brooks teaches at Villanova University and is the author of several books, including The Normandy Campaign, Hell Is Upon Us: D-Day in the Pacific, and The Boston Campaign. He currently lives in Norristown, PA.
More about the book…
Blazing hot meets icy cool in a momentous year in US history
On New Year’s Day in 1967, the 200 million Americans who lived in the United States were about to experience a fascinating, exciting, and sometimes bewildering twelve months that for many formed an iconic portion of their lives. Despite the fact that the coming year produced no Black Friday, Pearl Harbor, or 9/11 attack, the nation still underwent dramatic changes in everything from support for the Vietnam War to approval of candidates for the 1968 presidential election to attitudes toward sex with strangers and what constitutes the status quo.
Almost without significant forewarning, Americans in 1967 witnessed a simultaneous cooling of Cold War tensions with the Soviet Union while the war in Vietnam exploded into a white-hot conflict that inflicted nearly two hundred American battle deaths a week. Meanwhile, young people at home were alternately listening to the “cool” sound of the Beatle’s new “Sgt. Pepper” album and Jim Morrison’s plea to get ever higher in “Light my Fire.” On television an emotional, passionate James T. Kirk shared an Enterprise bridge with the cool and logical Mr. Spock.
Victor Brooks explores what happened—and in some cases, did not happen—to these two hundred million Americans in a national roller coaster ride that was the year 1967. He chronicles a society that proportionally had far more young people than was the case five decades later, with a widely publicized generation gap that produced more arguments, tension, and anguish between young and old Americans than any 21st century counterpart. 1967 is a fascinating, wide-ranging exploration including topics ranging from the first Super Bowl, the beginning of the 1968 presidential campaign, the social impact of the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco, and the American combat experience in an expanding war in Vietnam. The book represents a reunion of sorts for Baby Boomers as well as a guidebook for younger readers on how their elders coped with one of the definitive years of a pivotal decade.