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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties

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Get ready to break on through to the other side as critically-acclaimed playwright and journalist Jonathan Leaf reveals the politically incorrect truth about one of the most controversial decades in history--the 1960s. Life was more "square" than "groovy" and Dean Martin was topping the Billboard charts--not Jimmy Hendrix. In this blast from the past, Leaf exposes

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Get ready to break on through to the other side as critically-acclaimed playwright and journalist Jonathan Leaf reveals the politically incorrect truth about one of the most controversial decades in history--the 1960s. Life was more "square" than "groovy" and Dean Martin was topping the Billboard charts--not Jimmy Hendrix. In this blast from the past, Leaf exposes the lies and busts the myths propagated by the liberal establishment. Did you know:
* The civil rights movement did little to improve the lives of average African Americans?
* Most Americans actively supported the Vietnam War and the draft?
* My Fair Lady was one of the most popular albums during the 1960s?

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties proves the anti-Vietnam War sentiment and free love slogans that supposedly "defined" the decade were just a small part of the leftist counter culture. The mainstream culture was more politically incorrect--but you'll never hear that from a liberal pundit or read it in a politically correct textbook.

Editorial Reviews

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:
9781596985728
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
08/11/2009
Series:
The Politically Incorrect Guides Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,247,240
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.59(d)

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)

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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