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According to Edward D. Berkowitz, the end of the postwar economic boom, Watergate, and Vietnam all contributed to an unraveling of the national consensus in 1970s America. His unique history-which touches on everything from the decline of the steel industry to the blossoming of Bill Gates, from Saturday Night Fever to the Sunday morning fervor of evangelical preachers-argues that the postwar faith in sweeping social programs and a global U.S. mission was replaced in the 1970s by a more skeptical attitude toward ...
According to Edward D. Berkowitz, the end of the postwar economic boom, Watergate, and Vietnam all contributed to an unraveling of the national consensus in 1970s America. His unique history-which touches on everything from the decline of the steel industry to the blossoming of Bill Gates, from Saturday Night Fever to the Sunday morning fervor of evangelical preachers-argues that the postwar faith in sweeping social programs and a global U.S. mission was replaced in the 1970s by a more skeptical attitude toward the government's ability to affect society positively. Berkowitz explores the decade's major political events and movements, including the rise and fall of détente, congressional reform, changes in healthcare policies, and the hostage crisis in Iran. He traces the "rights revolution," in which women, gays and lesbians, and people with disabilities all successfully fought for greater recognition. He argues that reaction to these social movements as well as the issue of abortion led to the rise of powerful, politically conservative religious organizations and activists. Written by an accomplished historian of modern America and a longtime Washington insider, Something Happened is an engaging look at an important and previously unappreciated decade.
A very unsettling cautionary tale.
— Erik Himmelsbach
Berkowitz... has boldly attempted to put a troubled decade into proper perspective in this concise and useful summary.
— Peter Aspden
An interesting look at a tumultuous time.
— Jules Wagman
Contrary to popular wisdom, "Something Happened" in the 1970s, and Berkowitz helps us remember what that was and why it still matters.
— Terry Hartle
A strong case that the '70s deserve far more attention than they have received.
— Terry hartle
Quite a lot happened in the 1970s and this may be the concise, yet definitive account.
An essential map for what is perhaps the most misunderstood decade of the twentieth century.
Berkowitz has provided an essential map to what is perhaps the most misunderstood decade of the twentieth century.
— Eve Lichtgarn
Scholarly, judicious, and readable... Highly recommended.
A concise glimpse of the era... Something Happened one of the better surveys to have appeared about a significant decade.
— Yanek Mieczkowski
Edward Berkowitz offers a highly readable account of a decade that tends to get overlooked.
— M. J. Heale
|1||Nixon, Watergate, and presidential scandal||12|
|2||Vietnam and its consequences||32|
|3||Running out of gas : the economic downturn and social change||53|
|4||The frustrations of Gerald Ford||71|
|5||Congress and domestic policy in the age of Gerald Ford||84|
|6||Jimmy Carter and the great American revival||104|
|7||The rights revolution||133|
|8||The me decade and the turn to the right||158|
|9||The movies as cultural mirror||178|
|10||Television and the reassurance of the familiar||198|
|11||The end of the seventies||219|
Posted November 12, 2012
For some the 1970s is so far away it seems to have been another world but it is necessary to have us remember once in a while that the hardship experienced now is but a walk in the park compared to the recession and social upheavals of the seventies.
At the same time, as the author shows, the ’70 not only liberated the women it awake in them the power to ask for all that it was theirs by right.
The ‘70s, or the tail end of them, was when the computer became smaller and the electronic revolution started to speed up its pace.
‘70s are also the time when terrorism was at its peak in the world and the world fought back not with armies but with clever policing. Terrorism disappeared because the people where neither swayed by the ideas of the extremist ideologies nor cowered by the seemingly disregard for human life that the terrorist showed. Nothing destroys a political movement faster than its unattractive message.
The author has succeeded to write a very informative book that reads as a good thriller. One really wants to get to the next page to see how our parents (or even ourselves, young and inattentive to the world at large) survive what was thought at the time the weakening of civilization and pauperization of the developed world.
It is shown in the book that every idea or movement that starts with the premise that humanity is doomed has history to hold it to its right place in the museum of ridicule ideas.