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

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

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by David Frum
 

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ISBN-10: 0465041965

ISBN-13: 9780465041961

Pub. Date: 12/28/2000

Publisher: Basic Books

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

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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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ISBN-13:
9780465041961
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
711,905
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.97(h) x 1.14(d)
Lexile:
1320L (what's this?)

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How We Got Here: The 70's: The Decade that Brought You Modern Life (For Better or Worse) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
dmi210 More than 1 year ago
I read this book after reading Thomas Hines' The Great Funk Falling Apart and Coming Together (on a Shag Rug) in the Seventies. Hine's book approaches the decade more from the position of popular culture. He examined how social and political events influenced popular culture. His book is very visual, using many advertisements as examples. So it was lighter, more entertaining reading. Frum's book, on the other hand, was much more of an analysis. Both books looked at the influences that social and political movements had on American culture, but Forum's book was more academic. He examined history, politics, economics and sociology much more in depth. Also, Frum did take a more conservative position, but nothing extreme I would say, just a more reasoned explanation of the historical events, from a conservative perspective. Essentially, I would differentiate the books like this: Read Hine's book for pleasure and read Frum's book if you are taking a class on American popular culture, history or sociology.