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Wheen is a good writer, and reading his book is a pleasure.
Wheen pulls out examples of people who may or may not have been paranoid, or corrupt or insane, and bends the situation to suit his own idea.
It has an international scope but with British focus on the 1970s and the paranoia surrounding that decade and is a good read.
From the decade that brought us the platform shoe, Space Invaders and disco comes STRANGE DAYS INDEED; Francis Wheen's conspiracy primer (minus the UFOs and MK-ULTRA zombies)... Read morePublished on December 14, 2011 by Riley0091
Before all those modern conveniences of everyday life like cell phones and on line music, there was a time when people actually had to make calls at a pay phone and receive news... Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Kevin M Quigg
This book written by an englishman. It has an international scope but with British focus on the 1970s and the paranoia surrounding that decade and is a good read. Read morePublished on November 11, 2011 by Peter D. McLoughlin
I remember some of the events in this book since I was growing up in the 1970s. However, growing up in them didn't make them strange days, just days. Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by brian d foy
A good, very readable collection of eye-opening essays, mainly about the staggering decay and dysfunction of politics throughout this benighted decade as it unfolded across various... Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by M. Jeffery
It seems quaint that Wheen should pick paranoia as a defining characteristic for the 70's and proceeds with relating a mishmash of historical events that involve everything from... Read morePublished on September 29, 2010 by MyBeesWax
I lived through the 1970's! I remember my great-grandmother glued to the TV set during the Watergate hearings. I remember the energy crisis. I remember the Iran hostage crisis. Read morePublished on September 15, 2010 by David Zampino
The British author and editor Francis Wheen argues that the 1970s were characterized by the pervasive paranoia that ran riot from the Nixonian White House, through the far left... Read morePublished on August 29, 2010 by Nowhere Man
If you were of age in the 70's, this book may be a nostalgic look back at the decade of paranoia. In other words (and like many other reviewers have mentioned), if you were too old... Read morePublished on June 23, 2010 by Romaine