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About the author


Peter Rowe is an award-winning writer, director, producer, cinematographer who has worked all over the world. His previous books include Music vs The Man, published in 2020 by Armin Lear Press and Adventures in Filmmaking, published in 2013 by Pinewood Independent Publishing. Both are available at online booksellers. He has written the screenplays for numerous films including Treasure Island (1999), Lost! (1986) and Shipwrecked on a Great Lake (2014). He has more than 180 films to his credit as director/producer including the 49-part TV series, Angry Planet (2007-2015). Rowe was 18 years old in 1965 and 28 in 1975. In those formative years he experienced, lived, observed, processed and absorbed many of the incidents described in Ablaze – Ten Years That Shook The World. He can be reached at [email protected]
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Ablaze
Ten Years That Shook The World
by Peter Rowe

Overview


The years 1965 to 1975 bracketed a wild and tumultuous period. It was a decade of revolution and experimentation, one that worshiped change and loved the new. There were battles—between young and old, swingers and squares, black and white, gay and straight, Green Beret and Viet Cong. There were conflagrations, coups, skirmishes, movements, wars, and revolutions. There was chaos and disruption almost everywhere. 'Ablaze – Ten Years That Shook the World' tells the crazy story of this revolutionary decade. The politics, the wars, the culture, the art, the fashion – all were transformed radically in these ten years. Richard Nixon battled Abby Hoffman, China's Mao Zedong battled Russia's Alexei Kosygin, J. Edgar Hoover battled Timothy Leary, Paul McCartney battled John Lennon. The book recounts in detail the drama of this exciting and unique era.
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Description


There's never been a more comprehensive, more entertaining chronicle of the hippy, revolutionary, incendiary era of the late 60s and early 70s. It's all here – the birth of all the new passions of the period – the counterculture, Black Power, the environmental movement, Women's Liberation, Gay Pride, the animal-rights movement, the Sexual Revolution, the Anti-War movement, and all the new revolutionary organizations – the Black Panthers and Weathermen in America, the FLQ in Québec, the IRA and UVF in Ireland, the Baader-Meinhof Gang in Germany, the Red Army in Japan, the Tupamaros in Uruguay, the Montoneros in Argentina, Greenpeace on the world's oceans. Meet the extraordinary characters of the era—über-revolutionaries Che Guevara and Mao Zedong, Harvard professor turned psychedelic crusader and prison escapee Timothy Leary, heiress turned revolutionary bank robber Patricia Hearst, sex-symbol turned activist Jane Fonda, infantry grunt turned movie director Oliver Stone, Vietnam veteran turned anti-war activist turned Secretary of State John Kerry, Associate FBI Director turned 'Deep Throat' whistle-blower Mark Felt, egghead professor turned mass-media celebrity Marshall McLuhan, and Jesuit priest turned FBI Most Wanted terrorist Daniel Berrigan. Battling against them are some of the most colorful characters the establishment has ever produced – Presidents Johnson and Nixon, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, potential leader of a British military coup Lord Louis Mountbatten, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Argentine President Juan Peron, Spiro Agnew and the 'Butcher of Uganda', Idi Amin Dada. The 1965-75 decade was incredible. Drugs, bombs, liberated women, street-fighting men. Seismic changes in politics, music, sports, journalism, architecture, aviation, food, hair, and fashion. All are brought to life in 'Ablaze – Ten Years That Shook the World.'

Reviews:

An illuminating study of the past… Highly readable.

Rowe’s latest is an engaging, relevant work that delves into the history of the world during the crazy, sweltering mash-up of action and change that was the decade covering years of 1965-75. Rowe approaches the story chronologically, beginning on the 1st of January of 1965 and ending it on 31st of December of 1975. The volatile ten-year period consists of revolutionary wars, movements, coups, and attempted overthrows, erupting across the world. Rowe discusses the new ideas in music, journalism, art, aviation, drugs, education, and architecture and new movements like Women’s Liberation, Black Power and Gay Liberation, Rowe skillfully examines how the years 1965-75 were more revolutionary in America than the original revolutionary period of American history (1765-1783). Rowe offers an extensive yet sharply probing overview of the decade, reaching across social, political, and geological globes to draw an eloquent portrait of a world on the brink of major change. This is a revealing, well-documented narrative that explores all the layers of a past gone by. Highly recommended."

Review By theprairiesbookreview


The US Review of Books

book review by Kate Robinson

"Writer, artist, cinematographer, filmmaker, and self-described explorer Rowe applies his keen-eyed skills to chronicle 1965–1975. Each chapter covers a year in the world. This makes for a long, riveting read for the armchair historian and a useful reference volume for casual research by students and memory lane strollers. Substantial notes, a bibliography, and an index support the narrative focused upon political and military activity. But as there's no realistic way to entirely separate those topics from the era's music, art, fashion, and other cultural ramifications, there's plenty of material to satisfy readers more attuned to the arts, humanities, and popular history. Budding twenty-first-century activists and revolutionaries can study the movers and shakers who spun the world forward with demonstrations, political theatre, and outright violent revolution that propelled hard-won progress in civil, women's, student, and workers' rights movements around the globe.

A collection of brief vignettes covering the highlights of this decade might normally come across as much more episodic and encyclopedic. However, the lively writing and engaging storytelling in this work allow for the illusion of a flowing story arc. "The mélange may at times feel like a psychedelic kaleidoscope," Rowe states in the introduction, an apt metaphor for an era universally ablaze with innovation and change. A bit of the magic also stems from the fascinating subject matter. Though diverse and with a cast of thousands, it feels interconnected with the resonance and relevance of karmic action and reaction that rapidly sparked and exploded during the decade. The book begins with the year 1965 because, Rowe states, "The Sixties in the way we usually think about them, really started with the revolutionary year.... From the perspective of the late '70s, Bob Dylan observed that 'I guess the '50s ended in about '65.'"

RECOMMENDED by the US Review of Books 

 

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Overview


The years 1965 to 1975 bracketed a wild and tumultuous period. It was a decade of revolution and experimentation, one that worshiped change and loved the new. There were battles—between young and old, swingers and squares, black and white, gay and straight, Green Beret and Viet Cong. There were conflagrations, coups, skirmishes, movements, wars, and revolutions. There was chaos and disruption almost everywhere. 'Ablaze – Ten Years That Shook the World' tells the crazy story of this revolutionary decade. The politics, the wars, the culture, the art, the fashion – all were transformed radically in these ten years. Richard Nixon battled Abby Hoffman, China's Mao Zedong battled Russia's Alexei Kosygin, J. Edgar Hoover battled Timothy Leary, Paul McCartney battled John Lennon. The book recounts in detail the drama of this exciting and unique era.

Read more

Description


There's never been a more comprehensive, more entertaining chronicle of the hippy, revolutionary, incendiary era of the late 60s and early 70s. It's all here – the birth of all the new passions of the period – the counterculture, Black Power, the environmental movement, Women's Liberation, Gay Pride, the animal-rights movement, the Sexual Revolution, the Anti-War movement, and all the new revolutionary organizations – the Black Panthers and Weathermen in America, the FLQ in Québec, the IRA and UVF in Ireland, the Baader-Meinhof Gang in Germany, the Red Army in Japan, the Tupamaros in Uruguay, the Montoneros in Argentina, Greenpeace on the world's oceans. Meet the extraordinary characters of the era—über-revolutionaries Che Guevara and Mao Zedong, Harvard professor turned psychedelic crusader and prison escapee Timothy Leary, heiress turned revolutionary bank robber Patricia Hearst, sex-symbol turned activist Jane Fonda, infantry grunt turned movie director Oliver Stone, Vietnam veteran turned anti-war activist turned Secretary of State John Kerry, Associate FBI Director turned 'Deep Throat' whistle-blower Mark Felt, egghead professor turned mass-media celebrity Marshall McLuhan, and Jesuit priest turned FBI Most Wanted terrorist Daniel Berrigan. Battling against them are some of the most colorful characters the establishment has ever produced – Presidents Johnson and Nixon, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, potential leader of a British military coup Lord Louis Mountbatten, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Argentine President Juan Peron, Spiro Agnew and the 'Butcher of Uganda', Idi Amin Dada. The 1965-75 decade was incredible. Drugs, bombs, liberated women, street-fighting men. Seismic changes in politics, music, sports, journalism, architecture, aviation, food, hair, and fashion. All are brought to life in 'Ablaze – Ten Years That Shook the World.'

Reviews:

An illuminating study of the past… Highly readable.

Rowe’s latest is an engaging, relevant work that delves into the history of the world during the crazy, sweltering mash-up of action and change that was the decade covering years of 1965-75. Rowe approaches the story chronologically, beginning on the 1st of January of 1965 and ending it on 31st of December of 1975. The volatile ten-year period consists of revolutionary wars, movements, coups, and attempted overthrows, erupting across the world. Rowe discusses the new ideas in music, journalism, art, aviation, drugs, education, and architecture and new movements like Women’s Liberation, Black Power and Gay Liberation, Rowe skillfully examines how the years 1965-75 were more revolutionary in America than the original revolutionary period of American history (1765-1783). Rowe offers an extensive yet sharply probing overview of the decade, reaching across social, political, and geological globes to draw an eloquent portrait of a world on the brink of major change. This is a revealing, well-documented narrative that explores all the layers of a past gone by. Highly recommended."

Review By theprairiesbookreview


The US Review of Books

book review by Kate Robinson

"Writer, artist, cinematographer, filmmaker, and self-described explorer Rowe applies his keen-eyed skills to chronicle 1965–1975. Each chapter covers a year in the world. This makes for a long, riveting read for the armchair historian and a useful reference volume for casual research by students and memory lane strollers. Substantial notes, a bibliography, and an index support the narrative focused upon political and military activity. But as there's no realistic way to entirely separate those topics from the era's music, art, fashion, and other cultural ramifications, there's plenty of material to satisfy readers more attuned to the arts, humanities, and popular history. Budding twenty-first-century activists and revolutionaries can study the movers and shakers who spun the world forward with demonstrations, political theatre, and outright violent revolution that propelled hard-won progress in civil, women's, student, and workers' rights movements around the globe.

A collection of brief vignettes covering the highlights of this decade might normally come across as much more episodic and encyclopedic. However, the lively writing and engaging storytelling in this work allow for the illusion of a flowing story arc. "The mélange may at times feel like a psychedelic kaleidoscope," Rowe states in the introduction, an apt metaphor for an era universally ablaze with innovation and change. A bit of the magic also stems from the fascinating subject matter. Though diverse and with a cast of thousands, it feels interconnected with the resonance and relevance of karmic action and reaction that rapidly sparked and exploded during the decade. The book begins with the year 1965 because, Rowe states, "The Sixties in the way we usually think about them, really started with the revolutionary year.... From the perspective of the late '70s, Bob Dylan observed that 'I guess the '50s ended in about '65.'"

RECOMMENDED by the US Review of Books 

 

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Book details

Genre:HISTORY

Subgenre:Revolutionary

Language:English

Pages:448

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781098398033

Paperback ISBN:9781098398026


Overview


The years 1965 to 1975 bracketed a wild and tumultuous period. It was a decade of revolution and experimentation, one that worshiped change and loved the new. There were battles—between young and old, swingers and squares, black and white, gay and straight, Green Beret and Viet Cong. There were conflagrations, coups, skirmishes, movements, wars, and revolutions. There was chaos and disruption almost everywhere. 'Ablaze – Ten Years That Shook the World' tells the crazy story of this revolutionary decade. The politics, the wars, the culture, the art, the fashion – all were transformed radically in these ten years. Richard Nixon battled Abby Hoffman, China's Mao Zedong battled Russia's Alexei Kosygin, J. Edgar Hoover battled Timothy Leary, Paul McCartney battled John Lennon. The book recounts in detail the drama of this exciting and unique era.

Read more

Description


There's never been a more comprehensive, more entertaining chronicle of the hippy, revolutionary, incendiary era of the late 60s and early 70s. It's all here – the birth of all the new passions of the period – the counterculture, Black Power, the environmental movement, Women's Liberation, Gay Pride, the animal-rights movement, the Sexual Revolution, the Anti-War movement, and all the new revolutionary organizations – the Black Panthers and Weathermen in America, the FLQ in Québec, the IRA and UVF in Ireland, the Baader-Meinhof Gang in Germany, the Red Army in Japan, the Tupamaros in Uruguay, the Montoneros in Argentina, Greenpeace on the world's oceans. Meet the extraordinary characters of the era—über-revolutionaries Che Guevara and Mao Zedong, Harvard professor turned psychedelic crusader and prison escapee Timothy Leary, heiress turned revolutionary bank robber Patricia Hearst, sex-symbol turned activist Jane Fonda, infantry grunt turned movie director Oliver Stone, Vietnam veteran turned anti-war activist turned Secretary of State John Kerry, Associate FBI Director turned 'Deep Throat' whistle-blower Mark Felt, egghead professor turned mass-media celebrity Marshall McLuhan, and Jesuit priest turned FBI Most Wanted terrorist Daniel Berrigan. Battling against them are some of the most colorful characters the establishment has ever produced – Presidents Johnson and Nixon, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, potential leader of a British military coup Lord Louis Mountbatten, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Argentine President Juan Peron, Spiro Agnew and the 'Butcher of Uganda', Idi Amin Dada. The 1965-75 decade was incredible. Drugs, bombs, liberated women, street-fighting men. Seismic changes in politics, music, sports, journalism, architecture, aviation, food, hair, and fashion. All are brought to life in 'Ablaze – Ten Years That Shook the World.'

Reviews:

An illuminating study of the past… Highly readable.

Rowe’s latest is an engaging, relevant work that delves into the history of the world during the crazy, sweltering mash-up of action and change that was the decade covering years of 1965-75. Rowe approaches the story chronologically, beginning on the 1st of January of 1965 and ending it on 31st of December of 1975. The volatile ten-year period consists of revolutionary wars, movements, coups, and attempted overthrows, erupting across the world. Rowe discusses the new ideas in music, journalism, art, aviation, drugs, education, and architecture and new movements like Women’s Liberation, Black Power and Gay Liberation, Rowe skillfully examines how the years 1965-75 were more revolutionary in America than the original revolutionary period of American history (1765-1783). Rowe offers an extensive yet sharply probing overview of the decade, reaching across social, political, and geological globes to draw an eloquent portrait of a world on the brink of major change. This is a revealing, well-documented narrative that explores all the layers of a past gone by. Highly recommended."

Review By theprairiesbookreview


The US Review of Books

book review by Kate Robinson

"Writer, artist, cinematographer, filmmaker, and self-described explorer Rowe applies his keen-eyed skills to chronicle 1965–1975. Each chapter covers a year in the world. This makes for a long, riveting read for the armchair historian and a useful reference volume for casual research by students and memory lane strollers. Substantial notes, a bibliography, and an index support the narrative focused upon political and military activity. But as there's no realistic way to entirely separate those topics from the era's music, art, fashion, and other cultural ramifications, there's plenty of material to satisfy readers more attuned to the arts, humanities, and popular history. Budding twenty-first-century activists and revolutionaries can study the movers and shakers who spun the world forward with demonstrations, political theatre, and outright violent revolution that propelled hard-won progress in civil, women's, student, and workers' rights movements around the globe.

A collection of brief vignettes covering the highlights of this decade might normally come across as much more episodic and encyclopedic. However, the lively writing and engaging storytelling in this work allow for the illusion of a flowing story arc. "The mélange may at times feel like a psychedelic kaleidoscope," Rowe states in the introduction, an apt metaphor for an era universally ablaze with innovation and change. A bit of the magic also stems from the fascinating subject matter. Though diverse and with a cast of thousands, it feels interconnected with the resonance and relevance of karmic action and reaction that rapidly sparked and exploded during the decade. The book begins with the year 1965 because, Rowe states, "The Sixties in the way we usually think about them, really started with the revolutionary year.... From the perspective of the late '70s, Bob Dylan observed that 'I guess the '50s ended in about '65.'"

RECOMMENDED by the US Review of Books 

 

Read more

About the author


Peter Rowe is an award-winning writer, director, producer, cinematographer who has worked all over the world. His previous books include Music vs The Man, published in 2020 by Armin Lear Press and Adventures in Filmmaking, published in 2013 by Pinewood Independent Publishing. Both are available at online booksellers. He has written the screenplays for numerous films including Treasure Island (1999), Lost! (1986) and Shipwrecked on a Great Lake (2014). He has more than 180 films to his credit as director/producer including the 49-part TV series, Angry Planet (2007-2015). Rowe was 18 years old in 1965 and 28 in 1975. In those formative years he experienced, lived, observed, processed and absorbed many of the incidents described in Ablaze – Ten Years That Shook The World. He can be reached at [email protected]

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