The Best Of Times / Edition 1

The Best Of Times / Edition 1

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by Haynes Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0156027011

ISBN-13: 9780156027014

Pub. Date: 09/01/2002

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

We were awash in money and spellbound by celebrity and scandal. It was a time of breathtaking strides in science and unprecedented possibility. A time of squandered opportunities and grave distraction. A time of tragic complacency and belief in our invulnerability.

In The Best of Times, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Haynes Johnson looks back on the

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We were awash in money and spellbound by celebrity and scandal. It was a time of breathtaking strides in science and unprecedented possibility. A time of squandered opportunities and grave distraction. A time of tragic complacency and belief in our invulnerability.

In The Best of Times, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Haynes Johnson looks back on the decade that defied anyone's expectations, for better or worse. With a sharp eye for the quote or detail that perfectly captures a moment in time, Johnson tells the whole story, no holds barred, of the roller-coaster, self-indulgent nineties when America paid no attention to gathering foreign storms or looming economic collapse.

The product of four years of interviews with the decade's most influential players, this is in the best tradition of timeless social history—a memorable portrait of the entire wonderful yet woeful decade that ended in the cataclysmic flames of September 11.

A James H. Silberman Book
National Bestseller

Now with a New Foreword, Afterword, and Postscript

In offering this paperback edition of the bubble years, I hope the stories I tell of that newly old America will illuminate how in a few short years we went from the best of times to the worst of times. In my Afterword, I suggest what lessons we must learn from that experience to avoid further disasters and close the circle on some events that typified the period.
—Haynes Johnson
From the new Foreword

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156027014
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
670
Sales rank:
1,062,602
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.48(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordxi
To the Readerxv
Prelude: Fragments from a Golden Age1
Book 1Technotimes
1.Deep (RS/6000 SP) Blue11
2.Culture of Success17
3.Nerd Nirvana48
4.Seeding the Future73
Book 2Teletimes
5.Trial of the Century--Part One107
6.Cult of Celebrity165
7.Dream Factories192
Book 3Scandal Times
8.Bill's Story227
9.Trial of the Century--Part Two411
Book 4Millennial Times
10.The People443
11.The Markets468
12.The Millennials490
13.The Fiasco519
Epilogue550
Afterword563
Postscript: Relics from the Nineties589
Acknowledgements597
About the Author599
Notes and Sources601
Bibliography615
Index621

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a horrible book. From the jacket cover and reviews I'd read of it, it seemed of great interest and an important contribution to the politics of America in the 1990s. Instead, it is a screed against everything good that happened in the 1990s - the advancement of technology, the increased ability of Americans to interact with and understand their government, and the ability of people to obtain information outside of the mainstream media. Johnson seems to think there is something bad about the technological revolution and what it meant for this country. Predictibly, his book is also an "isn't it awful/woe is me" litany of horribles about modern conservatism: isn't it awful that President Clinton was impeached over just sex; isn't it awful that the Republicans control Congress since the 1994 midterm elections; isn't it awful that the rich don't want to pay their fair share of taxes; etc.; etc. It gets quite old after awhile. Ultimately, this book fails for the same reason that liberalism in this country has failed: it is a re-hash of the same tired complaints that the left has been making since the 1960s with nothing new to energize it. This book adds nothing to an intelligent debate over society and the role of government in it.