Use the HTML below. But, a lot of what was huge in the s really began in the s. No doubt you can see the roots of the cultural issues surrounding race and the need for change. Halberstam writes like a fuddy-duddy who has no respect for Elvis Presley, or James Dean, or for anything connected with the glory days of early rock and roll. When I look back on the decade, what I remember most was my fear of thermonuclear war, which looked like a distinct possibility after Sputnik was launched in and Francis Gary Powers and his U-2 aircraft were downed by the Russians in Season 1, Episode 6. Thousands of readers began The Best and the Brightest feeling that the U.
Mar 08, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 12, S. Halberstam graduated from Harvard University with a degree in journalism in and started his career writing for the Daily Times Leader in West Point, Mississippi. Everybody thinks of the ‘s as the era of back yard barbecues, dad goes to work, and mom stays home with the kids. A Star Is Born 4. Definitely a book you can pick up again and cherry pick a favorite subject now and then. The book offers a broad sweep and through a series of chapters which are in effect small essays Halberstam brilliantly gives an insightful review of this major decade.
I also enjoyed the chapters on pop culture. Eisenhower Dulles, Oppenheimer, MacArthur, Hoover, and Nixon, but also of Harley Earl, who put fins on cars; Dick and Mac McDonald and Ray Kroc 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.
A TV documentary miniseries chronicling the trends, pop culture, and important events that took place from to I just completed the 3rd re-read of David Halberstam’s in depth look at the culture of the ‘s. Considering the wide range of movies produced in that era this tells me a great deal about the author.
In Fifties terms, Halberstam is the man in the gray flannel suit. Now, I’m sure all you non-history lovers would be fainting and cringing in disgust at the idea of having to read a history book, especially one that is almost pages long. He has several themes that he carries forward such as the indomitable and crushing power of advertising.
It’s a powerful motif, as he leaps from personal desire of the individual up into sociological meaning for the U. If you want Richie, and Potsie, you’re going to be disappointed!
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The Fifties by David Halberstam
Invented and tested in the 50s. Halberstam, a Washington, D. I have now a good head start to accomplish my more recent typical page to total of approximately 12, You can stick your toe in a chapter here and a chapter there and be well rewarded.
Published May 10th by Ballantine Books first published Add to Watchlist Added. History and popular culture from the ‘s is examined.
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Mar 11, Marion Irwin rated it really liked it. And who Adlai Stevenson was he was the Democrat spisode ran against Eisenhower. The most important point I took away from my reading of this superior book is how the 50’s paved the way for the social unrest and cultural disorder that came to a seething head in the 60’s. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.
Later in his career, Halberstam turned to the subjects of sports, publishing The Breaks of the Game, an inside look at the Bill Walton and the Portland Trailblazers basketball team; an ambitious book on Michael Jordan in called Playing for Keeps; and on the pennant race battle between the Yankees and Red Sox called Summer of ‘ He does indeed show that the 60’s were derivative and predictable from the events of the 50’s without convincing the reader that the 50’s were more interesting.
The book is very accessible to the general reader, and the author does a good job of showing how the s represented both continuity and change davod American life. History classes in high school, college and graduate school rarely seemed to get that far and if they did it was usually about foreign, not domestic, affairs. While I found parts rather ponderous, and was tempted to skip through them, to my credit I hung in there.
That tells me something about those prizes, that’s for certain. He was critical of many things but somehow managed to write about them with tact and almost unassailable logic. A biography of the civil rights lawyer, Arthur Kinoy, from his attempt to stay the executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, through the civil rights movement, to the unanimous Supreme Court decision on wiretapping.
Halberstam is an excellent writer. Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorite shows – Start Now. It is really more of a series of “historical sketches” without a central, analytical perspective.
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But there are many ‘stories’ to tell about the 50’s – and are told here. Skip to main content. At least he did a good job of detailing where so many of the origins paart our present U. For instance, Irwin F.
It deals with the narrow mindedness, McCarthyism, and the lives that were destroyed by it, and Cold War politics.
It breaks the tome into bite-sized ghe chunks. This book has been re-issued several times. The main, or overarching theme, of the book that he retu Halberstam’s epic masterpiece is a colossal historic narrative of the 50’s that combines his usual incisive social commentary with sharp insight, weaving together seamlessly throughout.
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 writes like a fuddy-duddy who has no respect for Elvis Presley, or James Dean, or for anything connected with the glory days of early rock and roll.