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 páginas
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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PART TRUST
5
On the Line
19
Wild and Crazy Guys
33
DUTY
57
The New Work Ethic
71
Aint AMarchin Anymore
90
Satans Spawn
106
Crunchy Granola
123
Gender Benders
201
RIGHTS
217
The Gorgeous Mosaic
241
Americanism 100
265
REGENERATION
287
Our Inordinate Fear of Communism
303
Mad as Hell
323
Reading a computer printout O Archive PhotosLambert
333

Dumbing Down
136
Apocalypse Now
159
DESHRE
169
VoulezVous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir?
188
The Emerging Republican Majority
339
Notes
359
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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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