Strange Days Indeed The 1970s - The Golden Days of Paranoia

ISBN-10: 1586488457
ISBN-13: 9781586488451
Edition: N/A
Authors: Francis Wheen
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 3/2/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

The 1970s were a theme park of mass paranoia.Strange Days Indeedtells the story of the decade when a distinctive "paranoid style" emerged and seemed to infect all areas of both private and public life, from high politics to pop culture. The sense of paranoia that had long fuelled the conspiracy theories of fringe political groups then somehow became the norm for millions of ordinary people. And to make it even trickier, a certain amount of that paranoia was justified. Watergate showed that the governments really were doing illegal things and then trying to cover them up.Though Nixon may have been foremost among deluded world leaders he wasn't the only one swept up in the tide of late night terrors. UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson was convinced that the security services were plotting his overthrow, while many of them were convinced he was a Soviet agent. Idi Amin and his alleged cannibalism, the CIA's role in the Chilean coup, the Jonestown cult, the Indian state of emergency from '75 to '77 and more are here turned into a delicious carnival of the derangedand an eye-opening take on an oft-derided decadeby a brilliant writer with an acute sense of the absurd.

Francis Wheen is an award-winning columnist for "The Guardian" in London, & the deputy editor of "Private Eye".

Introduction: The Paranoia Blues
Sleepless Nights
Stick it to the End, Sir
Going Underground
Madmen in Theory and Practice
Going on a Bear Hunt
Days of the Jackals
Such Harmonious Madness
Eternal Vigilance
Crossing the Psychic Frontier
The Road to Ruritania
Lords of the Beasts and Fishes
Morbid Symptoms
In the Jungle Labyrinth
Conclusion: Let's Do the Time Warp Again
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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