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Boom!: Talking about the Sixties: What Happened, How It Shaped Today, Lessons for Tomorrow with DVDby Tom Brokaw
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In The Greatest Generation, his landmark bestseller, Tom Brokaw eloquently evoked for America what it meant to come of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War. Now, in Boom , one of America's premier journalists gives us an epic portrait of another defining era in America as he brings to life the tumultuous Sixties, a fault line in American history. The voices and stories of both famous people and ordinary citizens come together as Brokaw takes us on a memorable journey through a remarkable time, exploring how individual lives and the national mindset were affected by a controversial era and showing how the aftershocks of the Sixties continue to resound in our lives today. In the reflections of a generation, Brokaw also discovers lessons that might guide us in the years ahead.
Boom One minute it was Ike and the man in the grey flannel suit, and the next minute it was time to turn on, tune in, drop out. While Americans were walking on the moon, Americans were dying in Vietnam. Nothing was beyond question, and there were far fewer answers than before.
Published as the fortieth anniversary of 1968 approaches, Boom gives us what Brokaw sees as a virtual reunion of some members of the class of '68, offering wise and moving reflections and frank personal remembrances about people's lives during a time of high ideals and profound social, political, and individual change. What were the gains, what were the losses? Who were the winners, who were the losers? As they look back decades later, what do members of the Sixties generation think really mattered in that tumultuous time, and what will have meaning going forward?
Race, war, politics, feminism, popularculture, and music are all explored here, and we learn from a wide range of people about their lives. Tom Brokaw explores how members of this generation have gone on to bring activism and a Sixties mindset into individual entrepreneurship today. We hear stories of how this formative decade has led to a recalibrated perspective-on business, the environment, politics, family, our national existence.
Remarkable in its insights, profoundly moving, wonderfully written and reported, this revealing portrait of a generation and of an era, and of the impact of the 1960s on our lives today, lets us be present at this reunion ourselves, and join in these frank conversations about America then, now, and tomorrow.
From the Hardcover edition.
With the bestseller "The Greatest Generation," Brokaw defined for America what it had meant to come of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War. Now, the veteran newsman takes readers into the tumultuous decade of the 1960s--a decade of turbulence and change. Illustrated.
Outside the Gates of Edenand#160;(referring to a song by Bob Dylan) tells the story of how the United States has struggled over our sense of self, as individuals and as a nation and culture, ever since becoming a global power in WWII.and#160; The book explores an interwoven set of themes: the recurrent nightmare of atomic and environmental holocaust, the changing positions of women, men and children in the home and in the culture, the creative tensions between subculture and corporate-dominated culture, the secret languages of American life, and the interpenetration of the physical, imaginative and virtual worlds in a new American geography driven by media and entertainment. Overarching these narratives is a larger story:and#160; the continuing attempt of Americansand#151;individuals, families, social and cultural groups, and the biggest corporate and governmental institutionsand#151;to define and control the master narrative of American life and its larger meaning by occupying its spaces, real and mythic.
Exhilaration and anxiety, the yearning for community and the quest for identity: these shared, contradictory feelings course through Outside the Gates of Eden, Peter Bacon Halesand#8217;s ambitious and intoxicating new history of America from the atomic age to the virtual age.
Born under the shadow of the bomb, with little security but the cold comfort of duck-and-cover, the postwar generations lived throughand#151;and ledand#151;some of the most momentous changes in all of American history. Hales explores those decades through perceptive accounts of a succession of resonant moments, spaces, and artifacts of everyday lifeand#151;drawing unexpected connections and tracing the intertwined undercurrents of promise and peril. From sharp analyses of newsreels of the first atomic bomb tests and the invention of a new ideal American life in Levittown; from the music emerging from the Brill Building and the Beach Boys, and a brilliant account of Bob Dylanand#8217;s transformations; from the painful failures of communes and the breathtaking utopian potential of the early days of the digital age, Hales reveals a nation, and a dream, in transition, as a new generation began to make its mark on the world it was inheriting.
Full of richly drawn set-pieces and countless stories of unforgettable moments, Outside the Gates of Eden is the most comprehensive account yet of the baby boomers, their parents, and their children, as seen through the places they built, the music and movies and shows they loved, and the battles they fought to define their nation, their culture, and their place in what remains a fragile and dangerous world.
About the Author
Tom Brokaw is the author of four bestsellers: The Greatest Generation, The Greatest Generation Speaks, An Album of Memories, and A Long Way from Home. From 1976 to 1981 he anchored Today on NBC. He was the sole anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw from 1983 to 2004.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Atomic Sublime
Chapter 2: Bombing the West, 1951
Chapter 3: Tracking Shot: Miracle on 34th Street and the Birth of an Atomic America
Chapter 4: Looking at Levittown
Chapter 5: Levittownandrsquo;s Palimpsest: Colored Skin
Chapter 6: Mr. Levittandrsquo;s Television
Chapter 7: The Incredible Exploding House, Yucca Flat, Nevada, March, 1953
Chapter 8: Lucy!
Chapter 9: Technologies of Space and Place, 1962
Chapter 10: Two Satellites, 1962
Chapter 11: Portable Communities: Radio, 1962
Chapter 12: Dylanandrsquo;s America
Chapter 13: Hendrix on Mt. Pisgah
Chapter 14: Counter-Landscapes
Chapter 15: Retreating to Utopia
Chapter 16: Pong versus Computer Space, 1972
Chapter 17. Simerica
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