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Old stuff, textbooks, past events, etc.

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Vietnam Policy For Kids

Let’s Visit VietNam

And we are back with another country book from olden times. This is less about the country and people of Vietnam and more about US involvement and the fight against communism. I practically expected Lyndon Johnson to pop out from the pages and tell me to get with the program.  I especially cringed at the reference to the “yellow branch of the human family”. Even by the time Saigon fell in 1975, this book would have been woefully inadequate and should have been weeded by then.


How about some counter-culture?

Damn, Dirty Hippies

Dirty Hippies Living on Love

Peace Love and Flower Power

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Will the Soviet Union Survive?

Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984?
1980, 2nd ed.

Submitter: Russia is a big topic in the news right now, so I’m sure there are people looking for books about it. My public library has a massive section on Russian history and politics…nearly all of it from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The biggest gem was this book predicting that the USSR would be destroyed in a nuclear war with China. Even the books about earlier Soviet history are hopelessly out of date. In the past 25 years, we’ve gained access to all kinds of sources that weren’t available during the Cold War. Go update your Russian history sections now, comrades!

Holly: But it’s historical! Just kidding.

More on the USSR:

Should we tell the children that the USSR is no more?

More Fun with Communists!

Break Out the Borscht!

High School Guide to Commies

In Soviet Russia, Libraries Weed You!

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Yoonited States of Uhmurica

Life (and Death) in the ‘Yoonited States of Uhmurica’

Submitter: Collected and published in Canada, this book is full of articles about the foibles of those of us living in the U.S. It was found in my small academic library undergoing a major cataloging project. I can’t imagine what course this book could possibly support and how it managed to skip any weeding in the last 30-some years. I did enjoy showing my video game-loving son the article about the Pac-Man enthusiast who was banned from the arcade, though!

Holly: It’s kind of fun to browse, but can probably easily be weeded from a small academic library.

More US of A:

Keeping America Safe for Democracy

Be a REAL American! Eat a hamburger.

The American Dream

President Citizen

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