* 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.
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Table of Contents
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
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?
Street theater: The 1968 Chicago riots
Chapter 13 The Birth of the Counter Counterculture 197
William F. Buckley Jr.
Barry Goldwater lights the prairie fire
Out of the ashes
What People are Saying About This
"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)
"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)
"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)
"'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)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Quick, interesting, and informative, if also biased and full of generalizations. Provides a somewhat funny alternative overview of a tumultuous decade.
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