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Slate columnist Fred Kaplan argues that it was in 1959 that the country shifted from its pre-WWII traditions to the individualistic, question-authority world of today. In 1959: The Year Everything Changed, he discusses three key events served as catalysts for vast changes that ushered in the modern world: the pharmaceutical company Searle sought FDA approval for the birth control pill, the first American soldiers were killed in Vietnam, and the microchip was introduced.

Event: Fred Kaplan will be reading and signing books
Wednesday, June 24, at 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble, Park Slope
267 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn