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John Powers (a.k.a. J-Powers) has had the uncommon experience of growing up in urban Los Angeles at a time of great upheaval. He witnessed first-hand the 1965 Watts riots, joined in Vietnam War protests in 1969, and served as an organizer with the United Farm Workers union during the grape boycott of 1970. “My coming of age impelled me to strive to make a difference with my life,” notes Powers. His chosen field when he entered the University of Southern California was theater, specifically writing. He has employed theater, writing, and video intensively in recent years to bring to life some of the most compelling experiences that our nation has witnessed. “People are hungry for discovery and meaningful engagement with others,” observes Powers. “Through theater and publications that explore compelling experiences, we can begin our own search in an environment that assures us that we are not alone.”
on June 27, 2014 :
After reading Pentagon Papers, I believe J. Powers succeeded in offering the Millenial Generation an insider view of some of the political lessons learned from the Vietnam War. By narrating key passages from the perspective of the important players, the reader is skillfully drawn in to experience this historic real-life drama.
Although I am a child of the sixties, I was very grateful for the user-friendly abridged version because I share the preference of the Millenial Generation for instant information gratification. The author obviously knows his audience well as evidenced by the strategically placed web addresses for deeper exploration into each topic.
I found this book to be well written, very informative and will definitely recommend it. I share the hope of Mr. Powers that the current generation will learn from this critical history and not allow it to be repeated.
(reviewed the day of purchase)