How We Got Here : The 70'S, the Decade That Brought You Modern Life (For Better or Worse (Paperback)

Author: Frum, David

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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. "An original, big witty pudding of a book".--"Wall Street Journal".


Publisher Perseus Books Group
Mfg Part# 9780465041961
SKU 30638028
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0465041965
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1.5T
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David Frum
David Frum has been a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor for the "Weekly Standard".
"Frum is certainly correct to argue that although we tend to associate traumatic change with the 1960s, it was actually the 1970s that produced 'social and cultural change' that left us with 'a world made new, and made new not by machines, but by new feelings, new thoughts, new manners, new ways.'"
"Frum sees the 1970's as bringing 'the most total social transformation' to America 'since the coming of industrialism.' While few historians would endorse such puffery, there is much about this decade that changed American life. For a conservative like Frum, the positive legacy of the 1970's can be seen in the decline of labor unions, the deregulation of industry and the recent emphasis on family values. He believes that the 70's made America more competitive, expressive and dynamic on the one hand; less literate, deferential and united on the other, " HOW WE GOT HERE may not map out the cultural path to the year 2000 in perfect sequence but, frankly, who cares? It's a quirky, irreverent book, and great fun to read."
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Annotation A conservative thinker and journalist traces the sources of '90s narcissism to the decade of the '70s. He cites the influences of personalities such as Alex Comfort and Jerry Brown, among others, and the interest in astrology, cults, and faddish psychology as causes for the decline from a culture that valued healthy self-reliance and loyalty to the family.
Annotation 1 A decade that's often hidden in the shadows of the 1960s' golden glare of progress and innovation, the '70s was often as tumultuous--if not more so--than its illustrious predecessor. David Frum's historical biography of the decade that begat many of the social, medical, political, and business trends that now form the basis of 21st-century American life encompasses the investigative journalism that brought President Richard Nixon's career to an end in 1974 (and that later devolved into the muckraking, ratings-based investigations of Geraldo Rivera), and the emergence of the Me Generation. HOW WE GOT HERE: THE 70S is a fascinating and absorbing dissection of the circumstances and consequences of social change. It's also an instructive look back at the accepted wisdom of previous decades, before the advent of credit cards, airline fare deregulation, and gay liberation. Frum is an avowed skeptic of many of the laws and practices adopted in the '70s and succeeding decades, and part of the power of HOW WE GOT HERE lies in its refusal to accept prevailing opinions at face value. The resulting questions raised are often a forthright test of the reader's own beliefs.
Editors Note A biting look at the evolution of the modern day culture in the United States by a leading conservative thinker places the beginning of the decline that has led to the current state of affairs in the 1970s, with its culture of drugs, cults, astrology, and pop psychology. Reprint.
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Number of Pages 0448
Publisher Basic Books (AZ)

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