By W. Joseph Campbell
A hinge second in contemporary American historical past, 1995 used to be a great yr. Drawing on interviews, oral histories, memoirs, archival collections, and information reviews, W. Joseph Campbell offers a vibrant, detail-rich portrait of these memorable one year. This publication bargains clean interpretations of the decisive moments of 1995, together with the emergence of the web and the realm vast internet in mainstream American existence; the bombing at Oklahoma urban, the deadliest assault of household terrorism in U.S. background; the sensational “Trial of the Century,” at which O.J. Simpson confronted fees of double homicide; the U.S.-brokered negotiations at Dayton, Ohio, which ended the Bosnian battle, Europe’s so much vicious clash because the Nazi period; and the 1st encounters on the White residence among invoice Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, a liaison that culminated in a beautiful scandal and the spectacle of the president’s impeachment and trial. As Campbell demonstrates during this soaking up chronicle, 1995 was once a yr of striking occasions, a watershed on the flip of the millennium. the consequences of that pivotal 12 months reverberate nonetheless, marking the shut of 1 century and the dawning of one other.
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1995: The Year the World Began by W. Joseph Campbell