The Seventies

The Seventies

by Bruce J. Schulman
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I was rather disopointed with 'The Seventies.' Although the author did a very good job telling facts about the 1970's decade, he never brought those ideas together to crystalize what they meant. There were never any conclusions made about what kind of impact the 70's had on the rest of history, or how it emulated another decade's general mood. It was very interesting learning about the gender war during the seventies, which one portion of the book explored, but the author never established why it hadn't occurred during any other decade, or what was so significant about it. It would have been very interesting if the author had provided information as to why the country was ready for a gender rights movement during the 1970's. WHile the author began to explain it's impacts to the feminist movement today, it was a little confusing during the book as to what kind of effects Friedan, KIng and and Schlafly are having now on the feminist or antifeminst movement of today. Another idea that I wish the author had explained more was the general mood of the 1970's. From what I picked up in the book the 1970's were a time of discovering one's inner self, and then making sure one had the options in the world to do whatever one liked. I wish the author had stated what in the prevous decades set these people up for this mindset, and if the mindset has gone away or not. Furthermore, I think the author should have shown that all aspects in the 70's contributed to the common attitude. To do that he would have had to connect the ideas in the book more fluidly. The last problem I had with the book was that is was sporadic and had no order. THe chapters were divided by concept, but the author never proved that the concepts were related, or that the order he wrote in was coherent. Not only did this take away from my concentration in the book, but it took away from the effectiveness of the writing. Had the chapters and thoughts been organized I think think I would have gotten a much clearer idea of what 'THe Sevneties' were (was) about.