Mad as Hell: The Crisis of the 1970s and the Rise of the Populist Right

Mad as Hell: The Crisis of the 1970s and the Rise of the Populist Right

by Dominic Sandbrook
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Mad as Hell: The Crisis of the 1970s and the Rise of the Populist Right by Dominic Sandbrook

“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!” The words of Howard Beale, the fictional anchorman in 1976’s hit film Network, struck a chord with a generation of Americans. In this colourful new history, Dominic Sandbrook ranges seamlessly over the political, economic, and cultural high (and low) points of American life in the 1970s, exploring the roots of the fears, resentments, cravings, and disappointments we know so well today. From Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan to Anita Bryant and Jerry Falwell, he shows how the 1970s saw the emergence of a new right-wing populism, setting the stage for the bitter partisanship and near-total cynicism of our modern political landscape.

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ISBN-13: 9781400077243
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 1,269,330
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Dominic Sandbrook was educated at Oxford, St. Andrews, and Cambridge. He taught American history at the University of Sheffield and is a former senior fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford. Sandbrook is the author of Eugene McCarthy: The Rise and Fall of Postwar American Liberalism, as well as three best-selling books on modern British history, Never Had It So Good, White Heat, and State of Emergency. He is also a journalist and critic, writing regularly for the London Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, and The Sunday Times, and a columnist for the New Statesman and BBC History Magazine.

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Mad as Hell: The Crisis of the 1970s and the Rise of the Populist Right 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Barbu More than 1 year ago
If one wants to take a step back from the cacophony of the politicians, the pundits and the media (the categories are so mixed has become worrisome) he or she must read Mad as Hell. The book delves into a time when America was in trouble. All but few of its leaders, as well as the world at large, thought that America’s future was one “of limits.” Aren’t we happy that those predictions did not come to pass? The author has a great talent for analyzing the period in depth and without preconceptions. His is a narrative that keeps one spellbind and, if history and politics are what enchant the reader he or she be assured that both are present and well researched. The book helped me take a less spastic look at the present and also made me realized that as bad as our recession may be it is much lighter and less frightening than the one that gripped the 70’s. One think is sure: after reading this book you will be even less trustful of the politicians, the economists and the pundits who try to paint such a canvas of doom of the present without realizing how good we have it compared with the past. Dominic Sandbrook’s Mad as Hell should be required reading not only in college but in the boardrooms, Congress chambers and in the newsrooms.
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