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kainah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-01-06 03:10 PM
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5. disagree somewhat
James Michener wrote an excellent book (as always) that he claimed was "what happened and why" at Kent State. Unfortunately, he (as usual) took a lot of liberties in the book and mixed a healthy dose of fiction with his facts. So, while it's a good read, you shouldn't assume that it's all true.

Know this about Michener's book -- Richard Nixon could not sleep the night after the shootings. (Guilty conscious??) Instead, he made a series of phone calls starting at about 2 AM. One of those went to the publisher of Reader's Digest and, soon thereafter, Reader's Digest commissioned Michener to write his book on Kent State. It was intended to put the story to rest but, considering the right leaning tilt of Reader's Digest and the apparent request by Nixon to the publisher, you can be pretty assured that the book that resulted lent a spin to the events that pleased the White House.
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