The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties

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by Jonathan Leaf
     
 

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Hollywood liberals and leftist pundits are at it again. In preparation for the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, they're rolling out the old lie that free sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll define the '60s. And now they're brainwashing yet another generation of Americans. Jonathan Leaf's new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to The Sixties shatters the…  See more details below

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Hollywood liberals and leftist pundits are at it again. In preparation for the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, they're rolling out the old lie that free sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll define the '60s. And now they're brainwashing yet another generation of Americans. Jonathan Leaf's new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to The Sixties shatters the myth that the 1960s were full of drug-loving hippies and revolutionary student radicals. Contrasting the Sixties' wild reputation with the conservative reality, Leaf shows how the 1960s were actually dominated by Brooks Brothers and Broadway musicals--not bell bottoms and Bob Dylan. The Politically Incorrect Guide to The Sixties also reveals that "the Age of Aquarius" was really the age of conservatism. Leaf exposes how radical factions hijacked feminism, the civil rights movement, and academia, replacing original ideologies--based on traditional ideals and love for country, family, and man--with more extreme philosophies and methods. Bet the Beatles never told you that: *The civil rights movement actually experienced setbacks in the 1960s as the "Great Society" encouraged reliance on welfare in urban areas*The notorious student radicals were a minority on college campuses; the majority of students supported the war in Vietnam and spent most their time going to classes, going on dates, or just being teenagers*Rock music was only a small part of the Sixties music legacy, with crooner Bobby Vinton scoring more number one hits than Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Grateful Dead, or Jefferson Airplane*The sexual revolution of the 1960s was just a continuation of a movement that had begun in 1890--and the 1920s and the 1940s were far more sexually explosive than the 1960s If you think Woodstock and Acid Tests defined the age of peace, love, and war, then you'll be singing a whole new song after reading The Politically Incorrect Guide to The Sixties--and it won't be The Grateful Dead.

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Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596981201
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
08/11/2009
Series:
Politically Incorrect Guides
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
247
File size:
678 KB

What People are saying about this

William Kristol
"Has any decade been more mythologized than the 1960s? I doubt it. Read Jonathan Leaf, who corrects and debunks the conventional wisdom-and who also teaches us interesting and important things about that time, and ours."--(William Kristol, editor, the Weekly Standard)
Rich Lowry
"Jonathan Leaf almost makes the 60s worth it in this merciless debunking of the myths of our decade of shame. Fun, informed, and-above all-valuable."--(Rich Lowry, editor, National Review)
Amity Shlaes
"Controversial, but no doubt about it: Leaf takes the lead in taking a second look at this crucial period."--(Amity Shlaes, Bloomberg News syndicated columnist and author of The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression)
Richard Brookhiser
"'I believe in yesterday,' sang the Beatles. But do you remember it? Jonathan Leaf gives a droll and provocative account of the myths-often self- serving-that have grown up around the sixties like weeds, and clears them away."--(Richard Brookhiser, author of Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement)

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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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