Clara Bingham in conversation with Charles Kaiser
Monday, September 24, 7:30pm
Pegasus Books Downtown
Fifty years later, Clara Bingham and Charles Kaiser reflect on 1968: a year which shaped a generation and proved a hinge point in history.
Clara Bingham's Witness to the Revolution is a riveting story of America in the turbulent year when the 60s ended, and the nation teetered on the edge of revolution. As the 1960s drew to a close, the United States was coming apart at the seams. The death toll in Vietnam was approaching fifty thousand, and the ascendant counterculture was challenging nearly every aspect of American society — from work, family, and capitalism to sex, science, and gender relations. Witness to the Revolution, Clara Bingham’s unique oral history of that tumultuous time, unveils anew that moment when America careened to the brink of a civil war at home, as it fought a long, futile war abroad.
Charles Kaiser’s 1968 in America is widely recognized as one of the best historic accounts of the 1960s. Largely based on unpublished interviews and documents (including in-depth conversations with anti-war presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy and Dylan), this is compulsively readable popular history. Now, fifty years later, and with a new introduction by Hendrik Hertzberg, it is even more clear that this was a uniquely terrible, wonderful, and pivotal year in the story of America.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Charles Kaiser, the author of 1968 in America, has been a reporter at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. He has also written for Vanity Fair, New York, and The Washington Post. He has taught journalism at Columbia and Princeton, and is the author of The Gay Metropolis, a history of gay life in New York City since 1940.
Clara Bingham is the author of Class Action: The Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law (with Laura Leedy Gansler) and Women on the Hill: Challenging the Culture of Congress. She is a former NewsweekWhite House correspondent, and her writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Talk, The Washington Monthly, Ms., and other publications. Bingham produced the 2011 documentary The Last Mountain. She lives in Manhattan and Brooklyn with her husband, three children, and three stepchildren.