Books: The '60s Trip

Something about a '60s revival seems preposterous; the time was in so many ways junky and brutal, askew in its frame—beginning in November 1963 and ending, belatedly, in Watergate and the last choppers out of Saigon.

Yet the after-image is not entirely ugly. For Charles Mee, 38, author (Meeting at Potsdam) and the former editor of Horizon magazine, the decade had a chaotic vitality and charm. His title implies a Watergate history, but the book is something quite different—an odd and lovely exercise that is part autobiographical meditation, part elegiac crank letter to...

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