Best of Times The Boom and Bust Years of America Before and after Everything Changed

ISBN-10: 0156027011

ISBN-13: 9780156027014

Edition: N/A

Authors: Haynes Johnson

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We were awash in money and spellbound by celebrity and scandal. It was a time of breathtaking strides in science and unprecedented possibility. A time of squandered opportunities and grave distraction. A time of tragic complacency and belief in our invulnerability. In The Best of Times, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Haynes Johnson looks back on the decade that defied anyone's expectations, for better or worse. With a sharp eye for the quote or detail that perfectly captures a moment in time, Johnson tells the whole story, no holds barred, of the roller-coaster, self-indulgent nineties when America paid no attention to gathering foreign storms or looming economic collapse. The product of four years of interviews with the decade's most influential players, this is in the best tradition of timeless social history--a memorable portrait of the entire wonderful yet woeful decade that ended in the cataclysmic flames of September 11. A James H. Silberman Book National Bestseller Now with a New Foreword, Afterword, and Postscript In offering this paperback edition of the bubble years, I hope the stories I tell of that newly old America will illuminate how in a few short years we went from the best of times to the worst of times. In my Afterword, I suggest what lessons we must learn from that experience to avoid further disasters and close the circle on some events that typified the period. --Haynes Johnson From the new Foreword
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/3/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Hanyes Bonner Johnson was born in 1931 in New York City. He earned his bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri and his Master's in American History from the University of Wisconsin. Johnson served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Johnson won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished national reporting in 1966 for his coverage of the civil rights crisis in Selma, Alabama and he is widely regarded as one of the nation's top political commentators. Haynes Johnson is the author or editor of a number of books including bestsellers "Sleepwalking Through History", "The Bay of Pigs", "The Landing", and "The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election".

Foreword
To the Reader
Prelude: Fragments from a Golden Age
Technotimes
Deep (RS/6000 SP) Blue
Culture of Success
Nerd Nirvana
Seeding the Future
Teletimes
Trial of the Century--Part One
Cult of Celebrity
Dream Factories
Scandal Times
Bill's Story
Trial of the Century--Part Two
Millennial Times
The People
The Markets
The Millennials
The Fiasco
Epilogue
Afterword
Postscript: Relics from the Nineties
Acknowledgements
About the Author
Notes and Sources
Bibliography
Index
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