Master your Minecraft
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    What I'm Giving | December 3, 2014

    Mary Oliver: IMG Mary Oliver: What I'm Giving



    At Powell's, we feel the holidays are the perfect time to share our love of books with those close to us. For this special blog series, we reached... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$18.50
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside WCIV- 20TH CENT868

More copies of this ISBN

Strange Days Indeed: The 1970s: The Golden Days of Paranoia

by

Strange Days Indeed: The 1970s: The Golden Days of Paranoia Cover

 

Review-A-Day

"Wheen's anecdotes are crisply told, often terrifying, and usually amusing — as when he describes the 1974 meeting that Britain's most powerful civil servant, Sir William Armstrong, held with his underlings, where, naked, he ranted that the end of the world was nigh." Michael Moynihan, The Wilson Quarterly (Read the entire Wilson Quarterly review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The 1970s were a theme park of mass paranoia. Strange Days Indeed tells the story of the decade when a distinctive “paranoid style” emerged and seemed to infect all areas of both private and public life, from high politics to pop culture. The sense of paranoia that had long fuelled the conspiracy theories of fringe political groups then somehow became the norm for millions of ordinary people. And to make it even trickier, a certain amount of that paranoia was justified. Watergate showed that the governments really were doing illegal things and then trying to cover them up.

Though Nixon may have been foremost among deluded world leaders he wasnt the only one swept up in the tide of late night terrors. UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson was convinced that the security services were plotting his overthrow, while many of them were convinced he was a Soviet agent. Idi Amin and his alleged cannibalism, the CIAs role in the Chilean coup, the Jonestown cult, the Indian state of emergency from 75 to 77 and more are here turned into a delicious carnival of the deranged—and an eye-opening take on an oft-derided decade—by a brilliant writer with an acute sense of the absurd.

Review:

"The 1970s is the most deranged of decades in this rollicking, lurid retrospective. Taking Richard Nixon's paranoid persecution complex as the period's zeitgeist, Private Eye deputy editor Wheen (How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World) finds it everywhere. Along with an amusing rehash of Watergate, his panorama of '70s nuttiness encompasses conspiracy theories, Hollywood thrillers, the Baader-Meinhof gang, sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick's letters to the FBI denouncing his literary agent as a Communist, and tawdry political intrigues in a Britain beset by strikes, power outages, IRA bombings, Trotskyist dramaturgy, and coup whisperings. Anthropomorphized, Wheen writes, the decade would be 'a meth-swilling vagrant waylaying passers-by to tell them that the Archbishop of Canterbury had planted electrodes in his brain.' Wheen thinks the period's ravings were both laughably lunatic and on to something important in a world of covert ops and oil embargoes, but his paranoia diagnosis is too pat to fully capture the politico-cultural chaos. Still, writing like Hunter S. Thompson might have had he been English and sober, Wheen offers a vivid, entertaining guide to an era of fear and loathing." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

“The author ably navigates the shattered landscape of the decade, which, for all its awfulness, has inspired a fair share of nostalgia…Literate, authentic to period detail and often entertaining.” Kirkus

Review:

“A hugely entertaining book that makes you laugh, think, and look over your shoulder — sometimes all at the same time.” Booklist

Review:

“[W]riting like Hunter S. Thompson might have had he been English and sober, Wheen offers a vivid, entertaining guide to an era of fear and loathing.” Publishers Weekly

Review:

“Wheen slathers his prose with cleverness so cheerily that you could almost forget that this was the decade of Nixon’s air war and the Khmer Rouge.” The New Republic

Review:

“[Strange Days Indeed], frames the 1970s as an era of institutional collapse, unstable officials, general irrationalism (widespread interest in UFOs, psychic phenomena, mad cults) and terror: the Irish Republican Army's bombing campaign in Britain, the Black September massacre at the Munich Olympics, the Zippy the Pinhead antics of the Baader-Meinhof Gang, and the Symbionese Liberation Army.” LA Times

Synopsis:

A dazzling and disturbing tour of the 1970s, featuring some of the least well-balanced world leaders and would-be revolutionaries in history, told with sizzling wit and affection.

About the Author

Francis Wheen is deputy editor of Private Eye and the editor of Lord Gnomes Literary Companion, the author of the bestselling How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World and Karl Marx: A Life, and a former columnist in the London Guardian. He has contributed to Vanity Fair, the Nation, the New Yorker, LA Times, and Washington Post, and has appeared on C-SPANs Booknotes and National Public Radio.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781586488451
Author:
Wheen, Francis
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Subject:
General
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 20.2 oz

Other books you might like

  1. A little original sin :the life and... Used Trade Paper $1.95
  2. Coltrane: The Story of a Sound Used Hardcover $9.95

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » 20th Century
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present

Strange Days Indeed: The 1970s: The Golden Days of Paranoia Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$18.50 In Stock
Product details 352 pages PublicAffairs - English 9781586488451 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The 1970s is the most deranged of decades in this rollicking, lurid retrospective. Taking Richard Nixon's paranoid persecution complex as the period's zeitgeist, Private Eye deputy editor Wheen (How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World) finds it everywhere. Along with an amusing rehash of Watergate, his panorama of '70s nuttiness encompasses conspiracy theories, Hollywood thrillers, the Baader-Meinhof gang, sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick's letters to the FBI denouncing his literary agent as a Communist, and tawdry political intrigues in a Britain beset by strikes, power outages, IRA bombings, Trotskyist dramaturgy, and coup whisperings. Anthropomorphized, Wheen writes, the decade would be 'a meth-swilling vagrant waylaying passers-by to tell them that the Archbishop of Canterbury had planted electrodes in his brain.' Wheen thinks the period's ravings were both laughably lunatic and on to something important in a world of covert ops and oil embargoes, but his paranoia diagnosis is too pat to fully capture the politico-cultural chaos. Still, writing like Hunter S. Thompson might have had he been English and sober, Wheen offers a vivid, entertaining guide to an era of fear and loathing." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "Wheen's anecdotes are crisply told, often terrifying, and usually amusing — as when he describes the 1974 meeting that Britain's most powerful civil servant, Sir William Armstrong, held with his underlings, where, naked, he ranted that the end of the world was nigh." (Read the entire Wilson Quarterly review)
"Review" by , “The author ably navigates the shattered landscape of the decade, which, for all its awfulness, has inspired a fair share of nostalgia…Literate, authentic to period detail and often entertaining.”
"Review" by , “A hugely entertaining book that makes you laugh, think, and look over your shoulder — sometimes all at the same time.”
"Review" by , “[W]riting like Hunter S. Thompson might have had he been English and sober, Wheen offers a vivid, entertaining guide to an era of fear and loathing.”
"Review" by , “Wheen slathers his prose with cleverness so cheerily that you could almost forget that this was the decade of Nixon’s air war and the Khmer Rouge.”
"Review" by , “[Strange Days Indeed], frames the 1970s as an era of institutional collapse, unstable officials, general irrationalism (widespread interest in UFOs, psychic phenomena, mad cults) and terror: the Irish Republican Army's bombing campaign in Britain, the Black September massacre at the Munich Olympics, the Zippy the Pinhead antics of the Baader-Meinhof Gang, and the Symbionese Liberation Army.”
"Synopsis" by , A dazzling and disturbing tour of the 1970s, featuring some of the least well-balanced world leaders and would-be revolutionaries in history, told with sizzling wit and affection.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.