There were no time guzzling metal detectors at the airports... or the schools. There were no grouchy warning labels on the records and no ratings necessary on the movies. And TV shows were acceptable to the whole family. Those were the sixties or at least part of it. Some of the 52 million sixties' boomers called it the decade of peace, harmony and love mainly for the movement for peace and the "flower power" attitude. Others, a little more pessimistic, called it the decade of dissatisfaction because of the protests against the war and the race riots in many cities. For the teenagers it was the decade of sweet sounding, good-time rock n' roll
from the Beatles to the Kinks and many more in between. Still for others it was filled with
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Some writers focused on traditional issues, others reflected the cultural conflicts made by the Civil Rights movement, the coming of age of the post-war baby boomers and the war in Vietnam. Popular book genres of the sixties were romance, science-fiction, and fantasy. Slaughterhouse Five and Stranger in A Strange Land are just two examples. Today people enjoy reading fantasy and non-fiction novels as well. Although they also buy dating books such as He's Just Not That into You and dieting books like The Zone Diet. The sixties was a good decade for non-fiction in general. Both Growing Up Absurd and Feminine Mystique did well with readers. Non-fiction and fiction today don't really compete since they have separate bestsellers list. However both are doing well with the Da Vinci Code and My Life So Far on a Bestsellers List. Young Adult books in the sixties became controversial for their critical observations of adults like Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger for that reason and also because of its sexual situations. Today young adult books still focus on the same topics like Gossip Girls but they aren't viewed as controversial.
The sixties was an era of enormous, often spontaneous, political activism of a very radical kind. So the music in the sixties reflected just that with songs like "Give Pace A Chance" and "Imagine" by John Lennon. However the sixties were also about having "fun, fun, fun" as the Beach Boys sang in one of