What is the setting of the book The Wave?

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The story takes place at Gordon High School in 1969 and is a fictionalized account of what happened at a real high school in California.

The book centers on history teacher Ben Ross and his attempts to explain what it was like to live in Nazi Germany. Frustrated at his own inability to explain why the Germans allowed Hitler and the Nazi party to rise to power and how those same Germans disregarded the genocide and other atrocities they knew to be against their own values and beliefs, Ben Ross creates an experiment to allow students to experience a similar situation first hand. The experiment backfires and the movement comes to be known as The Wave.