How We Got Here: The 70's: The Decade that Brought You Modern Life (For Better or Worse)

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Basic Books, 2008 M08 4 - 416 pages
For many, the 1970s evoke the Brady Bunch and the birth of disco. In this first, thematic popular history of the decade, David Frum argues that it was the 1970s, not the 1960s, that created modern America and altered the American personality forever. A society that had valued faith, self-reliance, self-sacrifice, and family loyalty evolved in little more than a decade into one characterized by superstition, self-interest, narcissism, and guilt. Frum examines this metamorphosis through the rise to cultural dominance of faddish psychology, astrology, drugs, religious cults, and consumer debt, and profiles such prominent players of the decade as Werner Erhard, Alex Comfort, and Jerry Brown. How We Got Here is lively and provocative reading.
 

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HOW WE GOT HERE: The 1970s: The Decade That Brought You Modern Life (For Better or Worse)

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Fun and factual popular history tracing our present-day culture to its roots in the 1970s. The 1970s? Absolutely, according to conservative analyst Frum (Dead Right, 1994; What's Right, 1996), who ... Read full review

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I picked up this book because I have always wanted to know more about the 1970s, the decade that ended just before I was born, but that I was sure affected my life greatly. It is a period in time that ... Read full review

Contents

Full Faith and Credit
4
The Law is Crazy
12
On the Line
20
I Am Not A Crook
27
Wild and Crazy Guys
34
The paranoid Moment
38
The Great Rebellion
58
By Any Means Necessary
62
Our Bodies Ourselves
174
Me and My Calvins
182
Voulexvous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soi?
189
Gender Benders
202
Dam Yankees
218
See You in Court
229
The Gorgeous Mosaic
242
A Harvard Plan for the WorkingClass Man
252

The New Work Ethic
66
The Courage to Divorce
74
I Aint AMarchin Any More
82
Wont You Be My POSSLQ?
91
Lets Talk About Me
100
Satans Spawn
107
Beyond Reason
116
Crunchy Granola
124
The Golden Age of Cranks
132
Dumbing Down
137
God Moves to Dallas
145
Apocalypse Now
159
Are We Having Fun Yet?
170
Americanism 100
266
The Peoples House
276
Time of Troubles
288
Sound As a Dollar
291
Our Inordinate Fear of Communism
304
The Moral Equivalent of War
313
Mad as Hell
324
Hayeks Prize
327
The New Poverty
334
The Emerging Republican Majority
340
Notes
360
Index
386
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Page 10 - But most of all, the Great Society is not a safe harbor, a resting place, a final objective, a finished work. It is a challenge constantly renewed, beckoning us toward a destiny where the meaning of our lives matches the marvelous products of our labor.

About the author (2008)

David Frum is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor for the Weekly Standard. He is also the author of Dead Right.

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