Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson, director of such classics as Diner and Rain Man, taps into his storytelling magic to craft his first novel-a nostalgic look at a time when the innocence of an entire generation was shattered. Baltimore in 1966 is a quiet, blue-collar town. But all that is about to change for one group of young men about to confront the realities of growing up in a changing world. Featuring the authentic characterizations and razor-sharp dialogue Levinson's films are known for, Sixty-Six brilliantly captures the tumult and uncertainty of life during America's most turbulent decade.
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