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Boom!

talking about the sixties : what happened, how it shaped today, lessons for tomorrow

Random House trade pbk. ed.
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This edition was published in by Random House Trade Paperbacks in New York.

Written in English

662 pages

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.From the Hardcover edition.

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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, 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.From the Hardcover edition.

Boom!

talking about the sixties : what happened, how it shaped today, lessons for tomorrow

Random House trade pbk. ed.

This edition was published in by Random House Trade Paperbacks in New York.


Table of Contents

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 versus 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
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
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.

Edition Notes

Includes index.

Genre
Biography.

Classifications

Library of Congress
E841 .B738 2008

The Physical Object

Pagination
xxiii, 662 p. :
Number of pages
662

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL22797140M
Internet Archive
boomtalkingabout00brok
ISBN 13
9780812975116
LC Control Number
2008279262
Library Thing
4109611
Goodreads
4331959

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