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by David Halberstam

eBook The Fifties ePub
Author: David Halberstam
Language: English
ISBN: 0679415599
ISBN13: 978-0679415596
Publisher: Villard; 1 edition (June 1, 1993)
Pages: 800
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 758
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ePub file: 1319 kb
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The Fifties is a sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the ten years that Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today. Halberstam offers portraits of not only the titans of the age: Eisenhower Dulles.

The Fifties (1993) is a history book by David Halberstam centered on the decade of the 1950s in the United States. Rather than using a straightforward linear narrative, Halberstam separately profiles many of the notable trends and people of the post-World War II era, starting with Harry S. Truman's stunning presidential victory in 1948 against Thomas E. Dewey

The Fifties is a sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the ten years that Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today

The Fifties is a sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the ten years that Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today. Halberstam offers portraits of not only the titans of the age: Eisenhower Dulles, Oppenheimer, MacArthur, Hoover, and Nixon, but also of Harley Earl, who put fins on cars; Dick and Mac McDonald and Ray The Fifties is a sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the ten years that Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today.

Электронная книга "The Fifties", David Halberstam This decade is also the focus of David Halberstam’s triumphant The Fifties, which stands as an enduring classic and was an instant New York Times bestseller upon it. .

Электронная книга "The Fifties", David Halberstam. Эту книгу можно прочитать в Google Play Книгах на компьютере, а также на устройствах Android и iOS. Выделяйте текст, добавляйте закладки и делайте заметки, скачав книгу "The Fifties" для чтения в офлайн-режиме. This decade is also the focus of David Halberstam’s triumphant The Fifties, which stands as an enduring classic and was an instant New York Times bestseller upon its publication. More than a survey of the decade, it is a masterfully woven examination of far-reaching change, from the unexpected popularity of Holiday Inn to the marketing savvy behind McDonald’s expansion.

Halberstam is of my parents generation and the 1950s were when they came of age, graduating high school and college, entering the work force Читать весь отзыв.

The Fifties is a sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the ten years that David Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today. It is the decade of Joe McCarthy and the young Martin Luther King, the Korean War and Levittown, Jack Kerouac and Elvis Presley. Halberstam is of my parents generation and the 1950s were when they came of age, graduating high school and college, entering the work force Читать весь отзыв.

The Fifties - David Halberstam. As David Caute wrote in The Great Fear, the true isolationists thought that Roosevelt had dragged us into the wrong war: wrong allies, wrong enemies, wrong outcome

The Fifties - David Halberstam. For Julia Sandness Halberstam. As David Caute wrote in The Great Fear, the true isolationists thought that Roosevelt had dragged us into the wrong war: wrong allies, wrong enemies, wrong outcome. A peace that permitted Soviet hegemony over Eastern Europe was unacceptable to many Americans. There had to be an answer; there had to be a scapegoat: These things could not merely have happened, not in a fair and just world.

This decade is also the focus of David Halberstam’s triumphant The Fifties, which stands as an enduring classic and was an instant New York Times bestseller upon its publication.

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ve life-style; they were the pioneers of what would eventually become the counterculture. If other young people of their generation gloried in getting married, having children, owning property and cars, and socializing with neighbors much like themselves, these young men and women saw suburbia as a prison.

David Halberstam (1934–2007) was a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author

David Halberstam (1934–2007) was a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author. He is best known for both his courageous coverage of the Vietnam War for the New York Times, as well as for his twenty-one nonfiction books-which cover a wide array of topics, from the plight of Detroit and the auto industry to the captivating origins of baseball’s fiercest rivalry. Halberstam wrote for numerous publications throughout his career and, according to journalist George Packer, single-handedly set the standard of the reporter as fearless truth teller. Halberstam died in 2007.

The Fifties is a sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the ten years that Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today. Halberstam offers portraits of not only the titans of the age: Eisenhower Dulles, Oppenheimer, MacArthur, Hoover, and Nixon, but also of Harley Earl, who put fins on cars; Dick and Mac McDonald and Ray Kroc, who mass-produced the American hamburger; Kemmons Wilson, who placed his Holiday Inns along the nation's roadsides; U-2 pilot Gary Francis Powers; Grace Metalious, who wrote Peyton Place; and "Goody" Pincus, who led the team that invented the Pill.A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
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The Fifties by David Halberstam

Incredibly interesting. Informative. Easy to read. Changing topics with each chapter makes the book less intimidating than the 800 page size implies. Recommended for anyone interested in History and especially for those capable of connecting the dots from the 50's to the 60's, to the 70's and beyond.

The fifties were a transitional decade. In previous decades, important cultural issues seem to stop at the end of each decade. The roaring twenties ended with the depression of the 30's. The depression ended at the 40's with WWII. But issues in the fifties were the seeds for issues dominating our culture for the next fifty years. The Cold War. Korea and the Vietnam conflicts. The development of the hydrogen bomb and intercontinental delivery systems. Brown vs the Board of Education, desegregation and Equal Rights, the sexual revolution and Feminist rights. The car industry grew from simple transportation to high power status symbols. With increased mobility, veterans moved to suburban communities like Levittown (envisioned and built by William Levitt) and entrepreneurs like Kemmons Wilson built Holiday Inn and created the modern motel industry. Ray Kroc took a small popular California resturant chain and essentially created the Fast Food industry. TV grew from a novelty gadget to being a central part of family entertainment, the most effective method to advertise, created the Consumer Society and became the most effective political tool since the soap box. Music went from parent approved, to Elvis Presley and Rock-in-Roll. Add Eisenhower, Kruschev, Nixon, John and Allen Dulles, Gen. Macarthur, McCarthy Hearings, Sputnik, U2 Spy Planes, CIA Covert Op's and a host of other topics and characters too numerous to mention. Not just a nostalgic journey. Halberstam adds insight to why society and politics changed. Along the way you realize how much has changed while so much stayed the same.
Gri
I purchased this book based on the customer reviews on Amazon, and was expecting this book to be full of interesting information about the 1950s. It was certainly full of interesting information about the 1950s, but I felt that Mr. Halberstam wrote this book with a jaundiced eye towards the 1950s. To be fair, when one tackles a subject as broad as an examining an entire decade, there is simply too much material for one to cover every single detail, and so one must be selective in which aspect one chooses to include in such an overview. However, I felt that this book was quite biased, because it tended to present various liberal figures in a very positive light (for example, Margaret Sanger, who, I might point out, strongly promoted eugenics, something the Nazis also not only promoted but actively practiced) while tending to present various conservative figures in a negative light.

While there certainly were some things in 1950s America that merit criticism, I felt that Mr. Halberstam overlooked many good things that happened in America during the 1950s. For example, Dr. Jonas Salk successfully produced a polio vaccine, which was then administered to an entire generation of school children, and led directly to the virtual eradication of polio, a disease that caused much dread among generations of children and parents. Or consider Sputnik. While Mr. Halberstam did a good job of reporting public reaction to Russia's launch of Sputnik (and later, Sputnik 2 and her successors) as well as the various highly public and embarassing failures of the American space program to launch satellites in response, I felt that Mr. Halberstam would have done well to also include the fact that the soul-searching among Americans in the wake of Sputnik lead directly to large amounts of money being pumped into public schools to better educate American schoolchildren in math and science, an investment that produced an entire generation of talented scientists in the following decades. And as a final example, I would mention that Mr. Halberstam largely left out the surge in church attendance that occurred during the 1950s, as well as the evangelistic efforts of Billy Graham, which had the overall effect of brinking Evangelical Christianity out of the self-imposed ghetto they were in during the first half of the 20th Century, and making it a very respectable part of American culture during the middle and later part of the 20th Century.
Hulore
Much of the material covered in this book is quite interesting, ranging from domestic politics to foreign policy matters, big economic trends and cultural phenomena. But I disliked the organization which hopped pretty randomly among these big subject areas. Material on Elvis Presley might have immediately followed, without transition, material on Eisenhower's campaigns; material on Levittown and the suburbanization of America was interspersed with a story on one of the CIA's various covert intercessions in South America. Notably, the "jumping around" of subject matter also did not follow a timeline (e.g., 1950, 1951 . . . 1960), and probably could not, because many of the various subjects did not represent discrete events occurring at specific times.

The book also seemed to lack a major thesis--less an answer to the question "What were the 1950's in America all about?" than to a request to "Tell me some interesting things that happened in the 1950s?"

But. . . still interesting and a reasonably good read.
Beranyle
If you don't know anything about the '50s this is the book to read.
The author takes people and events from the '50s and writes a chapter or more on each.
I spent my youth in the '50s, graduating from high school in 1959. I remember the historic events, but the chapters about people who contributed to the culture of the '50s gives you great insight into the era. The author gives you a glimpse at people from the head of General Motors to the founders of the Beatniks.
Contrary to popular misconception, the '50s was not the decade of the "baby boomers', but their parents. Soldiers who returned from WW2 and Korea and their wives. The baby boomers were pretty much still in playpens. You figure that if you were born in 1946, by 1956 you would only be ten. Not many were wearing poodle skirts or driving around in '49 Fords, listening to Chuck Berry.
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