1959 The Year Everything Changed

ISBN-10: 0470602031
ISBN-13: 9780470602034
Edition: 2009
Authors: Fred Kaplan
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Description: Acclaimed national security columnist -- and noted cultural critic-- Fred Kaplan looks past the 1960s to the year that really changed America. Conventional historical wisdom focuses on the sixties as the era of pivotal change that swept the nation,  More...

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List price: $10.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 4/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Acclaimed national security columnist -- and noted cultural critic-- Fred Kaplan looks past the 1960s to the year that really changed America. Conventional historical wisdom focuses on the sixties as the era of pivotal change that swept the nation, yet, as Fred Kaplan argues, it was 1959 that ushered in the wave of tremendous cultural, political, and scientific shifts that would play out in the turbulent decades that followed. Pop culture exploded in upheaval with the rise of artists like Jasper Johns, Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg, and Miles Davis. Court rulings unshackled previously banned books. Political power broadened with the onset of Civil Rights laws and protests. The sexual and feminist revolutions took their first steps with the birth control pill. America entered the war in Vietnam, and a new style in superpower diplomacy took hold. The invention of the microchip launched the Computer Age, and the Space Race put a new twist on the frontier myth. Drawing fascinating parallels between the country in 1959 and today, exactly 50 years later, Kaplan offers a smart, cogent, and deeply researched new take on a vital, overlooked period in American history. Fred Kaplan (Brooklyn, NY) writes the "War Stories" column in Slate, contributes frequently to the New York Times' Arts & Leisure section, and covers jazz for Stereophile. He has also written for the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, and other publications. He is a former Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe reporter who covered the Pentagon and post-Soviet Moscow. He is the author of Daydream Believers (978-0-470-12118-4).

Fred Kaplan teaches at Queens College and the Graduate Center of CUNY. He is the editor of The Essential Gore Vidal and the author of the biographies Henry James, Dickens, and Thomas Carlyle, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Kaplan lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Timeline
Breaking the Chains
A Visitor from the East
The Philosopher of Hip
Generations Howling
The Cosmonaut of Inner Space
The End of Obscenity
Sickniks
Thinking about the Unthinkable
The Race for Space
Toppling the Tyranny of Numbers
The Assault on the Chord
Revolutionary Euphoria
Breaking the Logjam, Hitting the Wall
The Frontier's Dark Side
The New Language of Diplomacy
Sparking the Powder Keg
Civilizations in the Stars
A Great Upward Swoop of Movement
Blurring Art and Life
Seeing the Invisible
The Off-Hollywood Movie
The Shape of Jazz to Come
Dancing in the Streets
Andromeda Freed from Her Chains
New Frontiers
Acknowledgments
Notes
Credits
Index

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