Michael Hyde spent the sixties opposing Australian and US involvement in the Vietnam War – a conflict at the heart of that turbulent decade. As opposition to the war grew exponentially, tens of thousands of young people took up the fight against it and the social ills of racism, poverty and inequality.
Michael’s personal journey from Christian pacifist to student revolutionary was as wild as the sixties itself. Trips to the Cultural Revolution in China and to Cambodia to meet the Viet Cong, breaking the law, demonstrations, arrests, living on the run, communal houses, music, drugs and sexual liberation were all part of the rollercoaster of rebellion.
The young radicals wanted to make the world a better place and they weren’t about to be deterred. This is one of the first stories of that era reported through the eyes of someone right in the thick of it, someone who lived every moment of the Sixties, someone who was there and who remembers.
About the Author
Michael Hyde is an established author of some 30 works of non-fiction and fiction, the latter mainly for adolescents and young adults, several receiving Australian Children’s Book Council awards. MAX, Tyger Tyger, Hey Joe and Surfing Goliath as well as his sports series, Change the Game are some of his best known and widely read works. His latest work is All Along the Watchtower: Memoir of a Sixties Revolutionary.
Michael conducts writing workshops for students and teachers across Australia. He lives in Melbourne with Gabrielle and has four children. He loves the bush, the sea, Australian Rules football, and encouraging others to write.
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Comments about All Along the Watchtower:
The book captures the heady political time of the 1960s written by a leading activist.
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st December 2010
Publisher: Vulgar Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 14.0