RIOT: A 1960s Love Story

by Charles S. Isaacs (Author)

1960s love blooms amid war, protests, and self-discovery. A revolution of hearts.

Book Description:​

Two young lovers find each other just as the Vietnam War, the Antiwar Movement, and the Black Power Movement near their explosive peaks. Excitement, danger and heartache lie ahead. It’s September 1967. Steve Harris – white, idealistic, naïve — begins his freshman year. During that year, he will fight to end the war, fall in love, confront painful truths about his family, and be jailed and beaten by police. Through this crucible, he emerges with a transformed consciousness, of the world and of himself.

His awakening begins with a rousing antiwar speech delivered by Emma Gold, a Depression-era radical. When Emma introduces him to young Cat Crawford — inter-racial, brilliant and exotically beautiful – his bewitching is complete. The two students’ instant friendship blossoms before long into a passionate love affair. Their bond is tested, though, by the mounting demands of the times, and by their own deep-seated psychological issues. 1968 is marked by campus unrest, urban rebellion, assassinations, and political violence that leads the two into clashes with the Chicago Police and the National Guard. The story builds to a heartrending climax during the street battles surrounding the Democratic National Convention.

This is a complex, fast-paced journey on an emotional roller coaster, punctuated by flashes of self-discovery, and bursting with political and sexual passions.

“A deftly crafted and complexly layered novel of immense passion and divisive politics that is a quite accurate portrayal of the events and issues backgrounding this emotionally dazzling story from beginning to end, “Riot: A 1960s Love Story” establishes author Charles S. Isaacs as a truly extraordinary and gifted novelist. Very highly recommended.” — Midwest Book Review

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The story starts out slow, setting the stage for what is truly a remarkable love story. But it also gets bogged down with details about the war and anti-war protest. Nonetheless, this is still a great read for those interested in this time period.

Charles S. Isaacs (Author)

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CHARLES S. ISAACS has been a schoolteacher, college professor, social activist, community organizer, financial analyst, ghostwriter, Congressional aide, gambler, real estate consultant, storyteller and occasional journalist. His undergraduate studies were in Mathematics (LIU-Brooklyn), after which he attended the University of Chicago Law School. His later graduate work was in the Social Sciences, earning an M.A. (New School for Social Research) and a Ph.D. (The Union Institute & University). In recent decades, he has been a commercial real estate broker and adviser, exclusively representing New York non-profits. His published works include fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Recent speaking engagements have been at the CUNY Graduate Center, the Brooklyn Historical Society, the American Educational Research Association and the Cornwall Public Library. He currently resides in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley.

RIOT: A 1960s Love Story

The story starts out slow, setting the stage for what is truly a remarkable love story. But it also gets bogged down with details about the war and anti-war protest. Nonetheless, this is still a great read for those interested in this time period.

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