|12-11-2007, 08:50 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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Boom! (eBook edition)
Tom Brokaw has done it again with Boom! He has taken the people and events of an era and created a lively, engaging picture of a cataclysmic period in American history.
The 60s may be over but forty years later we are living with the aftershocks of this era. Race and feminism remain mired in prejudice and our culture is almost schizophrenically divided. Politics are increasingly ugly, personal and divisive. Music and popular culture have become virtual cartoons. And Space is a fading frontier as once again we are engulfed in an unpopular war.
No one would say that rebellion and activism started in the Sixties. And yet, no other generation in the last hundred years has transformed culture in quite the same way.
We saw the rise of the peace movement, personal expression in music and arts, environmentalism, civil rights and recreational drugs. We also see the legacies of addiction, AIDS, conservative politics and religious fundamentalism.
Brokaw's interviews famous and "regular" people and through their stories captures the excitement, vibrancy and dissolution of those who were there. He is a skilled and talented interviewer who talked to a wide range of people from Pat Buchanan to Bill Clinton, musicians, journalists and former activists.
The cover shows a patchwork of famous faces. This seems to be appropriate and symbolic. The book intersperses historical narrative, his personal experiences and interviews with baby boomers (famous and not) to create an almost quilt like affect.
The individual pieces are important and finished, but the overall product is much more than the sum of the actual pieces.
Here is the publisher's synopsis:
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