May 4 Books
KENT STATE AND MAY 4TH: A SOCIAL SCIENCE PERSPECTIVE
By Thomas Hensley and Jerry Lewis. Beginning with a detailed description of the May 4 shootings and the events that preceded them, Kent State and May 4th is a revised, updated, and expanded volume of essays that seeks to answer frequently raised questions while correcting historical inaccuracies. Authored by two KSU professors.
THE KENT STATE COVER-UP
By Joseph Kelner & James Munves. The victims’ families’ lawsuit trial attorney, wrote this book based on sworn testimony under oath in Federal Court.
KENT STATE: DEATH AND DISSENT IN THE LONG SIXTIES
By Tom Grace. The author, one of the students wounded at Kent State on May 4, 1970, Tom shows, the events of May 4 were not some tragic anomaly but were grounded in a tradition of student political activism that extended back to Ohio’s labor battles of the 1950s.
KENT STATE/MAY 4: ECHOES THROUGH A DECADE
Edited by Scott Bills. Bills pioneered the oral history work on and about the Kent State killings. In addition to the contributions of others, his edited collection contains eight valuable interviews, including one with a former member of the Ohio National Guard.
MAYDAY, KENT STATE
By J. Gregory Payne of Emerson College; Good info about Kent, 1970, our four martyrs & NBC-TV’s 1981 docudrama.
MOMENTS OF TRUTH
By Howard Ruffner. Here, in Moments of Truth: A Photographer’s Experience of Kent State 1970, Ruffner not only reproduces a collection of nearly 150 of his photographs—many never before published—but also offers a stirring narrative in which he revisits his work and attempts to further examine these events and his own experience of them.
THE PRESIDENT’S COMMISSION ON CAMPUS UNREST
By US Government Printing Office. Many photos, based on official FBI investigation. Also known informally as “The Scranton Commission” Report. Includes photos taken at Kent State and a number of others taken at Jackson State, where two students were shot to death.
By Joe Eszterhas & Michael Roberts; A good, factual early book by a great Hollywood writer. Fine descriptions of lives/deaths of our Kent State 1970 martyrs.
THIS WE KNOW
By Carole Barbato, Laura Davis, and Mark Seeman. This We Know succinctly documents the facts that fill out the chronology of events of the four fateful days that ended with members of the Ohio National Guard killing Kent State students Sandra Scheuer, Jeffrey Miller, Allison Krause, and William Schroeder and wounding nine others. It gathers well-established information from recorded accounts, from the time events happened through what has been learned since.
THE TRUTH ABOUT KENT STATE: A CHALLENGE TO THE AMERICAN CONSCIENCE
By Peter Davies. An early book, this was written to spur a Department of Justice investigation into the Kent State killings. Like the Report, it contains many well-produced photos, including some taken by Howard Ruffner.