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Absolutely not, says Jonathan Leaf. In The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties, Leaf busts the biggest myth of all about that decade: that it was defined by radical politics and cultural upheaval. From popular music to college politics to fashion, he demonstrates that throughout the 1960s America remained a deeply conservative country, with disturbances and protests confined to a small minority of agitators who are now wrongly hailed in our politically correct textbooks as the dominant voice of their generation.
Mainstream America resisted the encroachments of the counterculture, Leaf shows. It was the Vietnam veterans, not the antiwar radicals, who expressed the values held throughout most of the country. What's more, contrary to popular belief, the vaunted sexual revolution never occurred in the sixties, and rock 'n' roll was not king. In this rollicking, provocative book, you'll discover that in the 1960s:
* Most college students rejected radical politics
* President Kennedy was not the dashing, progressive hero of liberal lore
* The economic condition of blacks became much worse after the passage of landmark civil rights legislation
* Manned space flights were a politicized boondoggle
If you think Woodstock and the Acid Tests were events that defined a generation, you'll be singing a new tune after reading The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties--and it won't be The Grateful Dead.
I think the author made a mistake of counting the 1960's as being 1960-1970, when the 60's are usually acknowledged to have started in 1963. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RL
FINALLY, the TRUTH! This is a great read for those of any age. I lived it and it is a great reminder!Published 7 months ago by yellerdog
Mr. Leaf's discussion of the 1960s is quite America affirming which is reason enough to read it, but much of this book is something that rank-and-file citizens should know. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bernard Chapin
I lived through the 1960s and surprisingly, despite disliking Mr Jonathan Leaf's political philosophy, he has some points: Rock is no such great music, Bob Dylan's role in music... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jose R. Ortiz, Jr.
A must-read for all who are trying to understand the seeds of today's culture war. If you are trying to analyze and explain today's dysfunctional American culture and extremely... Read morePublished on March 17, 2012 by Wesley Gordon
The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties was interesting and a "must read" book for historians. The section on the Vietnam War was of particular interest to me. Read morePublished on September 17, 2011 by John H. Pope
Saw this at my local library and decided to give it a try. Please, use your mind that nature gave you and research this decade with more inquiry than a audio disk by a conservative... Read morePublished on April 10, 2011 by Don Mears
I liked this book. It has everything from an objective analysis of rock music (which was NOT the most popular music of the 1960s, despite the hype), an assessment of the Great... Read morePublished on March 6, 2011 by James D. Crabtree