The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties [NOOK Book]


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, ...
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596981201
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/11/2009
  • Series: Politically Incorrect Guides
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 247
  • Sales rank: 899,057
  • File size: 662 KB

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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