August 1914 by Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn
Historical fiction of pre revolution defeat of Russia by Prussians in the 1914 Battle of Tannenberg. After moving to the USA, Solzhenitzyn republished the book in 1984 adding over 300 pages that had been suppressed by the Soviet Union. It won a Pulitzer Prize the following year. Review of August 1914
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson
The most successful Gonzo Journalist novel of them all with Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo traveling too Las Vegas to report on a motorcycle race and a prosecutors conference on narcotics and dangerous drugs. Illustrated by Ralph Steadman. The book can best be described in the begriming passage - “We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, laughers, screamers and some other goods". Terry Gilliam of Monty Python fame finally made a successful movie of the book in 1997 starring Johnny Depp. Fear and Loathing in Loas Vegas, a dangerous book
Watership Down by Richard Adams
A popular anthropomorphic fantasy novel about a group of rabbits led by Hazelnut who have to find not only a new home after their warren is destroyed by human encroachment, but new female rabbits to find a future. It was loosely based on the story of the authors friends fleeing the Nazis in Holland in 1944. The book was rejected 13 times before it found a publisher. It went on to become a mega bestseller with Brits considering it the 42nd greatest novel of all time. It became a successful movie and song in 1978. Watership Down book review
The Word by Irving Wallace
A novel which finds a new gospel written by James, the brother of Jesus in which Christ lives through the crucifixion and goes on with his ministry. Needless to say it disrupts the religious views of the times. Reminiscent of today's Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.
The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth
Odessa is the code name for an organization hiding and protecting former NAZI war criminals. A thriller taking place in the 1960s follows a German reporter who stumbles into the conspiracy to find a former SS concentration-camp commander. Made into a popular movie starring Jon Voight and Maximillian Schell in 1974. Book Review of The Odessa File
The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
A short whimsical horror story of suburban Connecticut housewives whose husbands are eliminating them and replacing them with zombie like robots. Made into a popular 1975 movie starring Katherine Ross. Book review of The Stepford Wives
Arkady and Boris Strugatsky - Roadside Picnic
Best Comedy Recording: FM and AM - George Carlin
The transitional album that moved George Carlin from the TV mainstream to the hippy version of Lenny Bruce. The AM side of the album are routines he made popular on television while the FM side were routines he would soon refine to the hip comedy icon he was. The routine "Shoot" became the infamous Seven Dirty Words you cannot say on TV.
Reflections on the origins of the Vietnam War. The title refers to the Kennedy Administration, how the young academics and intellectuals got us into the mess no matter their fancy educations.
Anabaptist theologian Yoder argues that the New Testament is a lesson of radical progressive politics. A social contract to cure social ills and a position of non violence and pacifism. Harshly refuted by the predominate American Christian values of that day and today.
Gilgamesh, A Verse Narrative by Herbert Mason
The most popular translation of the epic Babylonian tale of the great King Gilgamesh. One of the first works of literature. Quick review at Powell's Books
Open Marriage: A New Life Style for Couples by Nena and George O'Neill
1972 Tony Awards (theater)
Best Play: Sticks and Bones by David Rabe
Literary News 1972
Nobel Prize for Literature: Heinrich Böll
German novelist who disdained the NAZIs when he served as a German soldier in World War II. One of the most popular post war German writers his body of work disdains conformity and the authority of corporate, political and church power.
The Pulitzer Prize:
Fiction: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
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