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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties (The Politically Incorrect Guides) Paperback – August 11, 2009
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Jonathan Leaf almost makes the 60s worth it in this merciless debunking of the myths of our decade of shame. Fun, informed, and above all valuable. --Rich Lowry, editor, National Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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Leaf's book is invaluable at providing the facts and figures and anecdotes that show that I was right - that I wasn't dreaming. Of course it's an immense subject, but Leaf writes authortitavely and wittily about a well-chosen range of subjects.
The highest praise I can give it is that my little girls, aged 13 and 15, have taken it up to their room and are poring over it - and laughing over what their school teachers (too young to have experienced the decade) have been solemnly misinforming them about for years.
Get it and save your children's sanity and intellect - and if you are a child of the sixties, the soundness of your own memory.
Jonathan Leaf's The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties is part of the solution. In 13 short, yet devastating, chapters covering everything from the sexual revolution to movies to Camelot to the nascent conservative movement, he demonstrates conclusively that everything most people think they know when asked about the Sixties is wrong.
Each of the phenomena described as universal Sixties experiences either occurred principally in earlier decades (e.g., civil rights, feminism), later decades (e.g., rock and roll), existed only a fringe or elite phenomenon (e.g., hippies and Haight-Ashbury), or is remembered in such a distorted or incomplete way as to approach falsehood (e.g., the moon landing, Camelot, many more). Just learning the facts about these well justifies buying and reading this book.
But even readers familiar the actual events of the Sixties will find reading rewarding. First, there is the author's erudite and accessible style which will occasion more than frequent chuckles even when recounting familiar facts. Second, the book is filled with facets and sidelights which will come as enlightening surprises even to those consider themselves well-informed.
For example, Malcolm X was a gay hustler--did that chapter of his Autobiography get cut?Read more ›
The book was an education. I had known about the Altamont debacle before, but I hadn't known exactly WHY it happened. I had heard about JFK's ill health, but I hadn't known the details. I had vaguely sensed that the radicals were socialists, but I hadn't known exactly what their connections with hard core communists were. I had heard that the Black Panthers were a bunch of thugs, but hadn't known the details of their crimes. I hadn't been aware of the philosophical differences between Friedan and Steinem. I had known that the Beatles' music had stood the test of time better than many other rock groups, but I hadn't known WHY (the classical music training of their producer, George Martin, made for the much more creative arrangements on their songs).Read more ›
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There are 2 very different concepts with the term, "The Sixties". One is the sum total of the years 1960 through 1969. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stanley J. Lessin
This is a very interesting book. No doubt many myths about the Sixties deserve to be busted and the factual components seem reasonably well researched. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mark S. Saxton
This was a fun book. I was a kid in the sixties and the book reminded me of what I did and did not see back then. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Blue Collar Bikerboy
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 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
FINALLY, the TRUTH! This is a great read for those of any age. I lived it and it is a great reminder!Published on January 30, 2014 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 on May 14, 2013 by Bernard Chapin