At midday on May 4, 1970, after three days of protests, several thousand students and the Ohio National Guard faced off at opposite ends of the grassy campus commons at Kent State University. At noon, the Guard moved out. Twenty-four minutes later, Guardsmen launched a thirteen-second, sixty-seven-shot barrage that left four students dead and nine wounded, one paralyzed for life. The story doesn't end there, though. A horror of far greater proportions was narrowly averted minutes later when the Guard and students reassembled on the commons. The Kent State shootings were both unavoidable and preventable: unavoidable in that all the discordant forces of a turbulent decade flowed together on May 4, 1970, on one Ohio campus; preventable in that every party to the tragedy made the wrong choices at the wrong time in the wrong place. Using the university's recently available oral-history collection supplemented by extensive new interviewing, Means tells the story of this iconic American moment through the eyes and memories of those who were there, and skillfully situates it in the context of a tumultuous era.
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"Narrator Alan Sklar uses his deep voice to lend gravitas to an emotional story. It's been 46 years since the tragedy that left four students dead and a nation shaken during the depths of the Vietnam War. This audiobook uses the newly available Kent State oral history collection to examine the decisions that led to one of the most notorious actions of the 1960s era. It also provides a warning for us in our anxiety-ridden age to be vigilant and to think before we act on the public stage. Sklar reads at a steady pace and enunciates every word. He also builds tension as the story reaches its climax, pulling listeners along even even though they may already know the outcome. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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