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1973 Nervous Breakdown: Watergate, Warhol, and the Birth of Post-Sixties America

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1973 marked the end of the 1960s and the birth of a new cultural sensibility. A year of shattering political crisis, 1973 was defined by defeat in Vietnam, Roe v. Wade, the oil crisis and the Watergate hearings. It was also a year of remarkable creative ferment. From landmark movies such as The Exorcist, Mean Streets, and American Graffiti to seminal books such as Fear of Flying and Gravitys Rainbow, from the proto-punk band the New York Dolls to the first ever reality TV show, The American Family, the cultural artifacts of the year reveal a nation in the middle of a serious identity crisis. 1973 Nervous Breakdown offers a fever chart of a year of uncertainty and change, a year in which post-war prosperity crumbled and modernism gave way to postmodernism in a lively and revelatory analysis of one of the most important periods in the second half of the 20th century.
Andreas Killen is Assistant Professor of History at the City College of New York. He is the author of Berlin Electropolis, and his writing has appeared in Salon and The New York Times Magazine.
1973 marked the end of the 1960s and the birth of a new cultural sensibility. A year of shattering political crisis, 1973 was defined by defeat in Vietnam, Roe v. Wade, the oil crisis and the Watergate hearings. It was also a year of remarkable creative ferment. From landmark movies such as The Exorcist, Mean Streets, and American Graffiti to seminal books such as Fear of Flying and Gravitys Rainbow, from the proto-punk band the New York Dolls to the first ever reality TV show, The American Family, the cultural artifacts of the year reveal a nation in the middle of a serious identity crisis.
 
1973 Nervous Breakdown offers a fever chart of a year of uncertainty and change, a year in which post-war prosperity crumbled and modernism gave way to postmodernism in a lively and revelatory analysis of one of the most important periods in the second half of the 20th century.
"A fascinating read, 1973 Nervous Breakdown is a detailed psychoanalysis of one of the darkest, most formative and oddly exuberant years in American consciousness. This was the era when today's political and cultural fault lines were beginning to emerge, and Andreas Killen does a masterful job weaving this essential history of our time. 1973 Nervous Breakdown is far out."—Evan Wright, author of Generation Kill
"Smart and insightful . . . [1973 Nervous Breakdown] leave[s] the reader with a palpable sense of how the legacy of the 70's . . . reverberates to this day in America."Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
 
"What makes 1973 a novel contribution to the genre is Killens assured, interdisciplinary approach to the material. With recurring themes of paranoia, surveillance and fame, the author ties together many seemingly disparate phenomena with much aplomb."—Time Out Chicago
 
"A fascinating read, 1973 Nervous Breakdown is a detailed psychoanalysis of one of the darkest, most formative and oddly exuberant years in American consciousness. This was the era when today's political and cultural fault lines were beginning to emerge, and Andreas Killen does a masterful job weaving this essential history of our time. 1973 Nervous Breakdown is far out."—Evan Wright, author of Generation Kill
 
"Killen makes a winning case . . . for seeing 1973 as a harbinger of our times in the matter of belief, charting the rise not just of Me Decade cults . . . but also of fundamentalist Christianity and offshoots such as the Children of God and the Moonies . . . [T]he author does a good job overall of keeping his narrative on track with his thesis, which should make no one nostalgic for the time of the SLA and dawning disco. A smart . . . blend of social history and cultural criticism, far truer to the time than David Frum's tsk-tsking How We Got Here."—Kirkus Reviews
 
"[A] high-definition snapshot, both nostalgic and perceptive, of a transitional time . . . An important contribution to the literature of American studies; highly recommended ."—Thomas A. Karel, Library Journal (starred review)
 
"The best pieces focus on PBS's trailblazing reality TV show An American Family, and the media's progressive invasion of American lives. Disasters and hijackings made air travel a flash point for extreme fear . . . [T]he perceptive Killen sheds welcome light on our collective experience."—Publishers Weekly
 

Synopsis:

A year of shattering political crisis, 1973 was defined by defeat in Vietnam, Roe v. Wade, the oil crisis, and the Watergate hearings. It was also a year of remarkable creative ferment. In this look back, Killen charts of a year in which post-war prosperity crumbles and modernism gives way to postmodernism.

Synopsis:

1973 marked the end of the 1960s and the birth of a new cultural sensibility. A year of shattering political crisis, 1973 was defined by defeat in Vietnam, Roe v. Wade, the oil crisis and the Watergate hearings. It was also a year of remarkable creative ferment. From landmark movies such as The Exorcist, Mean Streets, and American Graffiti to seminal books such as Fear of Flying and Gravity's Rainbow, from the proto-punk band the New York Dolls to the first ever reality TV show, The American Family, the cultural artifacts of the year reveal a nation in the middle of a serious identity crisis. 1973 Nervous Breakdown offers a fever chart of a year of uncertainty and change, a year in which post-war prosperity crumbled and modernism gave way to postmodernism in a lively and revelatory analysis of one of the most important periods in the second half of the 20th century.

About the Author

Andreas Killen is Assistant Professor of History at the City College of New York. He is the author of Berlin Electropolis, and his writing has appeared in Salon and the New York Times Magazine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596910607
Author:
Killen, Andreas
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
General History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.375 x 0.82 in

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"Synopsis" by , A year of shattering political crisis, 1973 was defined by defeat in Vietnam, Roe v. Wade, the oil crisis, and the Watergate hearings. It was also a year of remarkable creative ferment. In this look back, Killen charts of a year in which post-war prosperity crumbles and modernism gives way to postmodernism.
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1973 marked the end of the 1960s and the birth of a new cultural sensibility. A year of shattering political crisis, 1973 was defined by defeat in Vietnam, Roe v. Wade, the oil crisis and the Watergate hearings. It was also a year of remarkable creative ferment. From landmark movies such as The Exorcist, Mean Streets, and American Graffiti to seminal books such as Fear of Flying and Gravity's Rainbow, from the proto-punk band the New York Dolls to the first ever reality TV show, The American Family, the cultural artifacts of the year reveal a nation in the middle of a serious identity crisis. 1973 Nervous Breakdown offers a fever chart of a year of uncertainty and change, a year in which post-war prosperity crumbled and modernism gave way to postmodernism in a lively and revelatory analysis of one of the most important periods in the second half of the 20th century.
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