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Politically correct textbooks and Hollywood movies portray the 1960s as a momentous era of youthful rebellion and social upheaval. But this is a gross distortion. From popular culture to social views, throughout the 1960s America remained a conservative nation-and in many ways, extremely so. In The Politically Incorrect GuideTM to the Sixties, Jonathan Leaf takes you on a raucous tour of America's real social, cultural, and political life during that supposedly transformative decade. This myth-busting book shows ...

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Overview

Politically correct textbooks and Hollywood movies portray the 1960s as a momentous era of youthful rebellion and social upheaval. But this is a gross distortion. From popular culture to social views, throughout the 1960s America remained a conservative nation-and in many ways, extremely so. In The Politically Incorrect GuideTM to the Sixties, Jonathan Leaf takes you on a raucous tour of America's real social, cultural, and political life during that supposedly transformative decade. This myth-busting book shows how the decade's vaunted radicalism was, in fact, confined to a small group of isolated extremists who have rewritten the decade's history, casting themselves as the heroes. In truth, it was mainstream America-conservative America-that both quietly dominated the 1960s, and that has survived every outrage the radicals have tried to hurl against it. Sixties radicals might not find this book groovy, but for the rest of us, here's the unvarnished, politically incorrect truth about one of the most misrepresented decades in American history.

You think you know the 1960s. But did you know:

In the 1960s, America was overwhelmingly culturally conservative

The leaders of Berkeley's "free speech movement" were opposed to free speech-and capitalism and democracy, too

There was no sexual revolution in the 1960s

Show tunes and country singers were more popular than rock 'n' roll

Leading sixties peaceniks unabashedly celebrated Communism and violent crime

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In this fact-based and well-balanced overview, journalist/playwright Leaf debunks popular myths and assumptions about the 1960s. His deep and wide-ranging research delves into campus unrest, politics, rock'n'roll, fashion, hippie culture, and, in the most illuminating section, the Vietnam War and its protesters. Unfortunately, the lack of modulation in newcomer Rick Silversmith's narration belies the fascinating and provocative aspects of this work. Still, fans of James W. Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me or anyone interested in a fresh look at this mythologized and romanticized decade will find much to ponder here.—Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433254512
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/11/2009
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 1 MP3, 8 hours
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Leaf is a playwright and cultural critic. The author of The Germans in Paris, The Caterers, and other plays, he has written about the arts and culture for National Review, the Weekly Standard, the New Criterion, and other publications. He now lives in New York City, where he previously worked as a public school teacher.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part I The Social Sixties

Chapter 1 The Student Radicals: Who They Were and Which Girls They Wanted 1

Leaders of the New Left: Marx would be proud

The Berkeley free speech movement: Free speech for us

Students for a Democratic Society: From radicalism to terrorism

Kent State: The untold story

The radicals go to grad school and take over the faculty

The decline and fall of the American university

Chapter 2 The Sexual Revolution and the Start of Feminism: Where'd Mom and Pop Go? 29

The advent of feminism

The legacy of feminism

Chapter 3 Civil Rights and Uncivil Wrongs: From Freedom Rides to "Burn, Baby, Burn" 43

From anti-discrimination to "positive discrimination"

Jumping on the bandwagon

Who was Malcolm X?

Who were the Black Panthers?

What caused the 1960s urban riots?

Cesar Chavez: Labor organizer and best buddy of the INS

Chapter 4 The Intellectuals: Did They Have It All Figured Out? 65

The treason of the clerks, part I: It's a mad, mad world

The treason of the clerks, part II: There's no villain like the corporate villain

Part II The Cultural Sixties

Chapter 5 Rock 'n' Roll: Soundtrack to the Sixties? 75

What is rock 'n' roll?

"If you go chasing rabbits..."

Bob Dylan vs. Merle Haggard

Paul McCartney and George Martin

The Rolling Stones

The Altamont debacle

Chapter 6 Movies and TV: Not Great, But Not Yet Decadent 95

Hurray for Hollywood-sort of

Foreign films: Trying to make Marxism interesting

Chapter 7 Mods, Minis, Wide Ties, and Brooks Brothers: The Best of Sixties Fashion 107

Jackie and Audrey: Adult fashions

Haight-Ashbury: Wheregood fashion went to die

Chapter 8 To the Moon, But at What Price? 117

The politics of outer space

One giant boondoggle for mankind

The moon landings did not lead to countless new inventions 117

Part III The Political Sixties

Chapter 9 The Unwarranted Court: Earl Warren and His Battle against the Constitution 129

Who was Earl Warren?

Power grab: The Warren Court in action

Power corrupts

Chapter 10 Camelot as It Really Was 141

With a little help from his friends

Viva la resistance-to Communism

Peace through superior firepower

Kennedy's tax cuts and the roller-coaster 1960s economy

Sickness in secret

Chapter 11 Johnson's War on Poverty-and Common Sense 163

Just saying "yes"

The great cost of the Great Society

Chapter 12 The Vietnam War: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory 175

Who were the real heroes in Vietnam?

A defeated enemy is handed victory: The Tet Offensive

Why did the South lose?

Cambodian nightmare

Street theater: The 1968 Chicago riots

Chapter 13 The Birth of the Counter Counterculture 197

Russell Kirk

Milton Friedman

Ayn Rand

William F. Buckley Jr.

Barry Goldwater lights the prairie fire

Out of the ashes

Acknowledgments 211

Notes 213

Index 235

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