The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties

by Jonathan Leaf

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ISBN-13: 9781596985728
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 08/11/2009
Series: Politically Incorrect Guides Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.59(d)

About 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.

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

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)

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melopher on LibraryThing 7 months ago
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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Sorry i had to go and i am back and thats great. He whispered