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Boom!: Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the '60S and Todayby Tom Brokaw
Synopses & Reviews
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, popular culture, 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.
The author of the best-selling The Greatest Generation redefines the tumultuous and history-making decade of the 1960s, a decade that saw the rise of the rebellious children of the greatest generation, to reveal how American social, political, economic, and cultural institutions were transformed by an era of dramatic change and upheaval. 250,000 first printing.
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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: what was that all about? Part one: Something's happening here. A loss of innocence — He had a dream: Representative John Lewis and Julian Bond; Reverend Andrew Young; Tom Turnipseed; Reverend Thomas Gilmore — The fracture of 1968: the noisy masses vs. the silent majority: Jeff Greenfield and Sam Brown; Mayor Richard M. Daley and William Daley; Pat Buchanan — A place called Vietnam: we had to destroy the village: Captain Gene Kimmel and Dr. Les Gelb; Married to Vietnam: Tom and Nellie Coakley; Oh, Canada: Jeffry House; Semper fi: Sen. James Webb, Mike "Mac" McGarvey, and James Fallows — A woman's place: Nora Ephron; Gloria Steinem; Joan Growe; Muriel Kraszewski; Dr. Judith Rodin; Carla Hills and Joan Didion; Lissa Muscatine — Something's happening here: Dr. David Smith; Judy Collins; Arlo Guthrie and Tim Russert; Jann Wenner; Kris Kristofferson; Berry Gordy; Woody Miller — Part two: Aftershocks: consequences, intended and otherwise. A dream fulfilled and a dream deferred: Charlene Stimley Priester and Ouida Barnett Atkins; Stan Sanders; Dr. Shelby Steele; Dr. Cleveland Sellers — The Reagan revolution and the Democrats' identity crisis: President Bill Clinton and Speaker Newt Gingrich; Senator George McGovern and Senator Gary Hart; Karl Rove and Vice President Dick Cheney; Pat Buchanan and Senator Hillary Clinton — Second thoughts and the long view: Sam Brown; Jeremy Larner; Carl Pope; Ed Crane; Dolores Huerta — The war without end: David Cadwell; General Colin Powell; General Wayne Downing; Senator John McCain; Senator Bob Kerrey; Senator Chuck Hagel; Dr. Charles Desmond; Ron Armella; Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and Peter Davis — I am woman: Jane Pauley; Anne Taylor Fleming; Linda Greenhouse; Dorothy Rabinowitz; Dr. Ruth Simmons; Dr. Susan Miller — Like a rolling stone: James Taylor; Paul Simon; Jann Wenner; Warren Beatty; Lawrence Kasdan; Lorne Michaels; Dick Gregory; Tommy Smothers; Leonard Riggio — Part 3: Reflections: seeing what connects. The view from the moon: Garry Trudeau; other voices; Joan Baez and Don McLean; Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins; Jack Weinberg; Stewart Brand; Captain Jim Lovell — Timeline.
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