Notable: 50 years ago

Notable: 50 years ago


50 years ago

These three books document some of the events of the cultural watershed that was 1967.

Ali: A Life (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Jonathan Eig is the first complete biography of boxing icon Muhammad Ali, who in 1967 refused to be drafted and was stripped of his title and barred from boxing for three years.

Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How ‘The Graduate’ Became the Touchstone of a Generation (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill) by Beverly Gray recounts how director Mike Nichols’ 1967 art-house sex comedy became a monster hit and catapulted unknown Dustin Hoffman to stardom.

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine (Alfred A. Knopf) by Joe Hagan is a no-holds-barred biography of the man who in 1967 founded the magazine that would, for better or worse, hold a mirror up to the baby boom generation.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor


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