Long-time Vancouverite Lawrence Aronsen is a professor of history at the University of Alberta where he is an authority on the Cold War. His scholarly works include The Origins of the Cold War in Comparative Perspective, The North Atlantic Triangle in a Changing World: Anglo-American-Canadian Relations, and American National Security and Economic Relations with Canada.

Lawrence's Aronsen's social history City of Love and Revolution (New Star 2010) recalls the so-called hippie era in Vancouver when psychedelia and the illusion of free love contributed to an ebullient and thriving counter-culture. As the naive ideals of Haight Ashbury spread north to the white-bread town of Vancouver, giving rise to The Georgia Straight newspaper, music blossomed along with confrontational politics, culminating in both the birth of Greenpeace and the Gastown Riot. Aronsen's account is illustrated with photos, drawings, and advertisements drawn from the newspapers - both straight and Georgia Straight - that chronicled the era.

[BCBW 2010]

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
City of Love and Revolution: Vancouver in the Sixties