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The Fifties

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Publisher Comments:

The Fifties is a sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the ten years that Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today. Halberstam offers portraits of not only the titans of the age: Eisenhower Dulles, Oppenheimer, MacArthur, Hoover, and Nixon, but also of Harley Earl, who put fins on cars; Dick and Mac McDonald and Ray Kroc, who mass-produced the American hamburger; Kemmons Wilson, who placed his Holiday Inns along the nation's roadsides; U-2 pilot Gary Francis Powers; Grace Metalious, who wrote Peyton Place; and "Goody" Pincus, who led the team that invented the Pill.

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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"Compulsively readable, with familiar events and people grown fresh in the telling." Kirkus Reviews

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"Sinfully entertaining...Loaded with narrative horsepower...The only thing it's lacking is a pair of fuzzy dice." Newsweek

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"Fascinating...The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist leaves no stone of the '50s unturned." The Washington Post Book World

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"An engrossing sail across a pivotal decade." Time

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"Fresh, dramatic...[Halberstam's] portrait of a decade is vivid and beguiling." The New York Times

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"The Fifties were more than just a mid-point decade in a century; they were to be the crucible in which the rest of the 20th century was forged. Halberstam here touches every thread in the warp and woof of the national fabric....A superb book." Library Journal

Review:

"Engaging...The message here is that the 1950s were not years of innocence but rather years when innocence was lost." The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [737]-745) and index.

About the Author

David Halberstam graduated from Harvard, where he had served as managing editor of the daily Harvard Crimson. It was 1955, a year after the Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public schools. Halberstam went south and began his career as the one reporter on the West Point, Mississippi, Daily Times Leader. He was fired after ten months there and went to work for The Nashville Tennessean. When the sit-ins broke out in Nashville in February 1960, he was assigned to the story as principal reporter. He joined the New York Times later that year, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1964 for his early reports from Vietnam. He has received every other major journalistic award, and is a member of the Society of American Historians.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679415596
Author:
Halberstam, David
Publisher:
Villard Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Nineteen fifties.
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
517
Publication Date:
1993
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
xi, 800 p.

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Related Subjects

History and Social Science » American Studies » 50s, 60s, and 70s
History and Social Science » US History » 1920 to 1960
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History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General

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Product details xi, 800 p. pages Villard Books,1993. - English 9780679415596 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Compulsively readable, with familiar events and people grown fresh in the telling."
"Review" by , "Sinfully entertaining...Loaded with narrative horsepower...The only thing it's lacking is a pair of fuzzy dice."
"Review" by , "Fascinating...The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist leaves no stone of the '50s unturned."
"Review" by , "An engrossing sail across a pivotal decade."
"Review" by , "Fresh, dramatic...[Halberstam's] portrait of a decade is vivid and beguiling."
"Review" by , "The Fifties were more than just a mid-point decade in a century; they were to be the crucible in which the rest of the 20th century was forged. Halberstam here touches every thread in the warp and woof of the national fabric....A superb book."
"Review" by , "Engaging...The message here is that the 1950s were not years of innocence but rather years when innocence was lost."
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