Kate Daloz / We Are As Gods: Recommended Reading

In her book, We Are As Gods, the writer Kate Daloz deals with the interesting and recent history of the back to the land movement in the USA.
This back to the land movement occurred simultaneously with the hippie movement during the early seventies.Β  Kate experienced these two movements at first hand while growing up as a child in such a sub-culture brought about by the hippie movement.
Kate’s parents referred to their neighbors, over Β at the Myrtle Hill commune as hippies, but denied themselves being hippies. Though there were differences, there were however also very clear similarities to be drawn between Kate’s parents lifestyle and those over the hill at the commune.

Product:

Book: Hardcover:
We Are As Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s on the Quest for a New America

Author:
Kate Daloz

Price:
$18.35 Hardcover

Rating:
Amazon: 91%Β  5 star rating and 23 reviews

Characteristics of the book:

  1. The Author, Kate Daloz, grew up right in the heart of the sub-culture and during the actual period that she is writing about. It is therefore a documented first hand experience of someone that lived the history.
  2. The contents of the book is very well researched. It can be referred to as a factual documented source about the movements.
  3. We Are As Gods explains an era of very unique history that was made in the USA. as recent as the early 1970’s
  4. The author is very clear on when she is stating facts and when she is giving an opinion. This makes the contents of the book very realistic, real and believable.
  5. The book is an accurate account of what was dreamed of, hoped for and lived by those involved in the movements.
  6. The writing style of the author allow you to “live” the experiences. It makes the reader feel as if you are actually present in the commune, tending the organic gardens, gathering firewood or attending to the back-to-the land cores.
  7. The book follows a non fiction plot about three very interesting groups and it touches on a big rural shift of people from the city to the country that could be identified and documented.

Undeniably the involvement of the USA in the Vietnam war added to the uncertainty that the young generation at the time experienced. The war definately played a role in the reasons for the hippie movement and the back to the land movement at the time.

Conclusion:

If you are a baby boomer, it is almost a given fact that the hippie era will interest you. The book deals with a very significant back to the land movement in which a vast number of city people moved to rural areas during a specific era.
….Even the off-spring of the baby boomers will find this book very interesting.
We Are As Gods, is my number one recommend book on these topics.

Get it on Amazone.

Your comments will be appreciated.
Any questions? I will answer all from the comments section.

Copyright:
Cobus vdM / https://offgridbasics.com

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12 Comments

  1. Nice article/Review. I wasn’t quite in the hippie era, but have always wondered about it. Seems like this book will give me the knowledge and information I missed.
    Thank you

    Mark

  2. Great article. Thanks! I love to read books and it looks like an amazing book to read. I want to read this book. So your review was more than good.
    Did you read it? Do you like it?

  3. Sounds like an interesting read. To be honest, it is a topic I never explored before. Is there an e-book version?

  4. Thank you Cobus, for bringing this review to the forefront! How interesting. The author sounds like she was truly able to put finger on things growing up. Great reviews from commenters on Amazon shows it’s a worthy read. Thanks so much again for a wonderfully inspiring review.

  5. Consolata Amode

    Interesting time and topic. I am not really conversant with the topic but I love reading books written by people living in a certain period, it’s oral history through their lens. I am curious about the movement and will definitely have a read!

    • Thanks for your comment Consolata,
      Yes, the uniqueness of this book is that the author lived the history herself and then further researched it and documented it. …hope you enjoy reading it πŸ™‚

  6. Thank you for an insightful and interesting review – appreciated.

    I can relate to what Kate is writing about the back to the land movement in the era of the 70’s. What is however interesting, is that just about a decade or two or three before, there was a movement away from the land, which actually led to the urbanisation of the majority of people. People were drawn to the bright city lights and job potential and opportunities, with promises of more money. In the process people lost the ability and skill to live off the land and also did not carry that legacy over to their children and the next generations.

    There will however always be a yearning amongst people to have a longing for where their roots are and alternatively on the other side of the coin, striving for what they believe is not within their reach. I am also in the position where I nostalgically and with sentiment sometimes long for times and generations long gone by.

    I will with great interest be on the look-out for your next book review.

    • Thanks for your comment Erna.
      I appreciate the thoughts you express on the review.
      After WW2, industrialization and commercialization lead to urbanization.
      In fact, it took another war (Vietnam war) to bring people to question these movements and made them yearn back to their roots.
      …best is to subscribe to my web page, then you will be informed of future posts and review.
      Cheers πŸ™‚

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