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Stayin Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class Paperback – January 3, 2012
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Gives the best sense of the way that it felt to live through the decade Cowie’s book captures the contradictory nature of the 1970s politics better than almost any other ever written about the period.”
—Kim Phillips-Fein, Dissent
One of the best books of 2010.”
—Joan Walsh, Salon
Might be the most groundbreaking and original national history of a working class since E.P. Thompson’s Making of the English Working Class.”
—Steven Colatrella, New Politics
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Cowie's is one of the most articulate and insightful examinations [I've seen] of how Nixon and other Republicans have used cultural and social wedge issues to manipulate workers into voting against their own best economic and legislative interests. In BOOK TWO..., Cowie provides some further insights into the mythology and psychology of individualism and their reinforcement via cinema, popular music, and other entertainment media during the period.Read more ›
There are 15 pages devoted to Bobby Kennedy, going back to the 60's, but there is a lack of real connect to the 70's . In fact most of the book is very pessimistic, full of despair and the American way falling apart.
Where the writing shines is in the description of how the culture, music, TV, (i.e. All in the Family) and movies, (Easy Rider - "A man went looking for America and couldn't find it anywhere.") reflected the pessimism and disconnect between the classes during the decade. For example Merle Haggard's comment after playing at the Nixon White House, "I didn't expect the crowd to be as receptive as a Texas honky-tonk's, but I didn't expect them to be embalmed either."
The ideas of Milton Friedman and the abandoning of Keynesian economics and the conservative movement of the working class right are well explained , as is President Carter's idea that something was very wrong with the American psyche and what and how he attempted to cure it. The current events of the decade are also well integrated.
Much of the book jumps back and forth between what and how the 70's was the decade where everything, even Elvis fell apart. It would interest those who want to learn more of this decade, American history, economics, the culture and the political changes that led to the era of Reagan politics.
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Last days of the working class? are you sure, cowie? as far as I know, this class is still in our present society.. still oppressed and increasing in numbers. Read morePublished 2 months ago by allen campbell
This was one of the most insightful books I've ever read. A detailed exploration of the hollowing out of the working class and its subsequent undermining of the American Dream.Published 2 months ago by saabrian
The hippie culture that was established in the 60s and ended in early 80s made a very big impact in the molding of the modern american culture of liberalism. very informative book!Published 6 months ago by wanda pearman
Jefferson Cowie's informative and provocative history of working class America does what a good history book should do - enlighten the present. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Eric Gilliland
I have been recommending this book to everyone I know--certainly the stand-out history of the seventies, beautifully conveyed, and deeply informing about our own time. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Henry Greenspan