Honestly, I waffled on whether or not I would read Kent State by Deborah Wiles. on the one hand, I do feel as though this is an important read. On the other, this doesn’t really appeal to me all that much. And it’s at this point that I have to admit that it’s very likely I won’t end up reading this merely out of a personal desire to read other things. And honestly, there are many ways to learn about this particular event. I guess what it comes down to in the end really is just curiosity…
An exploration of one of the darkest moments in our history, when American troops killed four American students protesting the Vietnam War. May 4, 1970. Kent State University. As protestors roil the campus, National Guardsmen are called in. In the chaos of what happens next, shots are fired and four students are killed. To this day, there is still argument of what happened and why. Told in multiple voices from a number of vantage points -- protestor, Guardsman, townie, student.
Does this book appeal to you?
What do you know of Kent State already?
Do you think a fictional account of it would be interesting to read? Important?
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