The Fifties

The Fifties

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Baker & Taylor
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines the social, political, economic, and cultural history of the 1950s

Blackwell North Amer
The Fifties is a sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the ten years that David Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today. It is the decade of Joe McCarthy and the young Martin Luther King, the Korean War and Levittown, Jack Kerouac and Elvis Presley.
Halberstam not only gives us the titans of the age - Eisenhower, Dulles, Oppenheimer, MacArthur, Hoover, and Nixon - but also 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 Francis Gary Powers; Grace Metalious, who wrote Peyton Place; and "Goody" Pincus, who led the team that invented the Pill. Here is a portrait of a time of conflict, at once an age of astonishing material affluence and a period of great political anxiety.
We follow, among other things, the quickening pace of American life and the powerful impact of national television, still in its infancy, on American society: from the Kefauver hearings to I Love Lucy to Charles Van Doren and the quiz-show scandals to the young John Chancellor of NBC covering the Little Rock riots and holding up a disturbing mirror to America.

Baker
& Taylor

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines the social, political, economic, and cultural history of the 1950s. By the author of The Best and the Brightest and The Summer of '49. 250,000 first printing. $250,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Villard Books, 1993.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679415596
0679415599
Branch Call Number: 973.92 HAL
Characteristics: xi, 800 p., [16] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

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