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"Living in the Eighties is a lively set of essays that deftly explores cultural as well as political, social, and economic developments in America during the 1980s. I recommend it enthusiastically." -- James T. Patterson, author of Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore


"Living in the Eighties offers a fresh take on this important decade in the recent past. While acknowledging the constraints on the conservative shift in American politics and culture, the authors nicely capture the decisive turn to the right in this crucial era. From Madonna to shopping malls to Reagan's key political victories, this volume provides a compelling and insightful portrait of America in the '80s."-Meg Jacobs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


"As one might expect, this is a collection notable for the quality of its scholarship and sturdiness of its prose. But the hallmark of the anthology, perhaps not surprisingly, is balance, not only in terms of opinion, but also generations and even professions."--History News Network


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Gil Troy is Professor of History at McGill University and the author of Leading from the Center: Why Moderates Make the Best Presidents and Morning in America: How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980s, among other titles.
Vincent J. Cannato is Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and the author of American Passage: The History of Ellis Island and The Ungovernable City: John Lindsay and his Struggle to Save New York.
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Product Details

  • Series: Viewpoints on American Culture
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195187873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195187878
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.5 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 28, 2013
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Great book. Used for a college class and it was everything I needed. Great read and I would advise to read it if the topic interests you.
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By Kindle Customer on September 7, 2014
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These essays capture the very essence of the eighties as those of us who lived them can attest. Even the Valley Girls are here. It would have been nice to have a separate essay on Iran - Contra as a balance though, but certainly the new gilded age is detailed well enough. A good, rounded tour of a pivotal decade.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JamesB on May 22, 2014
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I knew going in that the book was a collection of essays, but I didn't expect it to be so dry and academic. I almost never quit a book before finishing, but I couldn't make it all the way through this.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By faith chesbrough on October 27, 2014
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This book is okay. The quality of the physical book itself is great, but the contents get a big thumbs down.
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