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1973 Nervous Breakdown: Watergate, Warhol, and the Birth of Post-Sixties America Paperback – April 3, 2007
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I felt Prof. Killen should have heavily edited the sections on The American Family and the drug hazed Warholites. In wallowing about the forgotten movies of the midseventies and breathlessly praising the Hollywood directors of that year, he overstates the importance of these entertainers and seems to think they were cataclysmic contributors to US history. This sort of attitude is embraced today by the People magazine culture, uninterested in reading anything more than a caption under a celebrity's photograph. Instead of giggling about the New York Dolls, where's a mention of Led Zeppelin or Dark Side of the Moon (which came out that year)?
In getting caught up in how wonderful American Graffiti and Francis Ford Coppola are, Killen grossly under-represents or fails to mention Roe v.Read more ›
1973 saw many beginnings and ends. Operation Homecoming saw the mass repatriation of POWs, including two-time Presidential candidate John McCain, concluding the Vietnam conflict. Public broadcasting also launched An American Family, the first reality TV show, starring TV's first openly gay protagonist. The Symbionese Liberation Army, which achieved infamy the next year, began in 1973. But none of these social forces happened alone; Killen's 1973 reflects terrifying top-down entropy.
Though Killen addresses several topics--arts, sex, economics, Vietnam--Richard Nixon casts a long shadow. An intensely popular President, recently re-elected by an overwhelming majority, Nixon nevertheless spent 1973 undergoing a high-profile crack-up. He was reputedly addicted to amphetamines and sleeping pills, and once vanished from public view for eleven days, unmatched in the modern Presidency. Though Watergate began in 1972 and ended in 1974, Nixon's biggest dramas happened in 1973.
For all his prominence, though, Nixon-hating has a certain dead horse ineluctability. Killen sees in Nixon a manifestation of postwar America's deep death-wish.Read more ›
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A very comprehensive look at a pivotal year in which the country seemed coming apart at the seems and, as the author describes it, the cultural wars began.Published on May 3, 2012 by saabrian
Andreas Killen nailed it! 1973, barely recognized as the year that should go down in history as the "great" transition from an era that celebrated the middle class to the start of... Read morePublished on April 29, 2011 by Roth