How We Got Here: The 70's, the Decade that Brought You Modern Life (for Better Or Worse)

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Basic Books, 2000 - History - 418 pages
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For many, the 1970s evoke the Brady Bunch and the birth of disco. In this first, thematic popular history of the decade, David Frum argues that it was the 1970s, not the 1960s, that created modern America and altered the American personality forever. A society that had valued faith, self-reliance, self-sacrifice, and family loyalty evolved in little more than a decade into one characterized by superstition, self-interest, narcissism, and guilt. Frum examines this metamorphosis through the rise to cultural dominance of faddish psychology, astrology, drugs, religious cults, and consumer debt, and profiles such prominent players of the decade as Werner Erhard, Alex Comfort, and Jerry Brown. How We Got Here is lively and provocative reading.

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HOW WE GOT HERE: The 1970s: The Decade That Brought You Modern Life (For Better or Worse)

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Fun and factual popular history tracing our present-day culture to its roots in the 1970s. The 1970s? Absolutely, according to conservative analyst Frum (Dead Right, 1994; What's Right, 1996), who ... Read full review

How we got here: the 70's, the decade that brought you modern life (for better or worse)

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In his last two books (Dead Right; What's Right), Toronto native Frum, a prolific conservative polemicist, argued that U.S. society has been corroded by post-JFK liberalism and especially by identity ... Read full review


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David Frum is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. His writing has appeared on the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs. Frum writes a twice-weekly column for Canada's National Post and broadcasts regularly on NPR's Morning Edition. He lives in Washington, D. C.

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