The Fifties


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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 "In retrospect," writes David Halberstam, "the pace of the fifties seemed slower, almost languid. Social ferment, however, was beginning just beneath this placid surface." He shows how the United States began to emerge from the long shadow of FDR's 12-year presidency, with the military-industrial complex and the Beat movement simultaneously growing strong. Television brought not only situation comedies but controversial congressional hearings into millions of living rooms. While Alfred Kinsey was studying people's sex lives, Gregory Pincus and other researchers began work on a pill that would forever alter the course of American reproductive practices. Halberstam takes on these social upheavals and more, charting a course that is as easy to navigate as it is wide-ranging.

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Manufacturer:
Ballantine Books
Category:
West Coast Marine
Color:
Black
MPN:
9780449909331
Release Date:
1994-05-10
EAN:
9780449909331
ISBN:
0449909336
Edition:
Reprint
Author:
David Halberstam
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Publication Date:
1994-05-10
Binding:
Paperback
Item Weight:
1.52 pounds
Item Size:
1.39 x 8.2 x 5.5 inches
Package Weight:
1.41 pounds
Package Size:
5.51 x 1.57 x 8.27 inches

 


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