"If you remember the Sixties," quipped Robin Williams, "you weren't there." That was, of course, an oblique reference to the mind-bending drugs that clouded perception--yet time has proven an equally effective hallucinogen. This book revisits the Sixties we forgot or somehow failed to witness. In a kaleidoscopic global tour of the decade, Gerard DeGroot reminds us that the "Ballad of the Green Beret" outsold "Give Peace a Chance," that the Students for a Democratic Society were outnumbered by Young Americans for Freedom, that revolution was always a pipe dream, and that the Sixties belong to Reagan and de Gaulle more than to Kennedy and Dubcek.
The Sixties Unplugged shows how opportunity was squandered, and why nostalgia for the decade has obscured sordidness and futility. DeGroot returns us to a time in which idealism, tolerance, and creativity gave way to cynicism, chauvinism, and materialism. He presents the Sixties as a drama acted out on stages around the world, a theater of the absurd in which China's Cultural Revolution proved to be the worst atrocity of the twentieth century, the Six-Day War a disaster for every nation in the Middle East, and a million slaughtered Indonesians martyrs to greed.
The Sixties Unplugged restores to an era the prevalent disorder and inconvenient truths that longing, wistfulness, and distance have obscured. In an impressionistic journey through a tumultuous decade, DeGroot offers an object lesson in the distortions nostalgia can create as it strives to impose order on memory and value on mayhem.
Автор: Degroot Dagomar Название: Frigid Golden Age ISBN: 1108419313 ISBN-13(EAN): 9781108419314 Издательство: Cambridge Academ Рейтинг: Цена: 13009 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Dagomar Degroot offers the first detailed analysis of how a society thrived amid the Little Ice Age, a period of climatic cooling that reached its chilliest point between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. The precocious economy, unusual environment, and dynamic intellectual culture of the Dutch Republic in its seventeenth-century Golden Age allowed it to thrive as neighboring societies unraveled in the face of extremes in temperature and precipitation. By tracing the occasionally counterintuitive manifestations of climate change from global to local scales, Degroot finds that the Little Ice Age presented not only challenges for Dutch citizens but also opportunities that they aggressively exploited in conducting commerce, waging war, and creating culture. The overall success of their Republic in coping with climate change offers lessons that we would be wise to heed today, as we confront the growing crisis of global warming.
Автор: DeGroot Gerard Название: Back in Blighty ISBN: 0099582228 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780099582229 Издательство: Random House - Penguin Рейтинг: Цена: 1818 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: World War One had a devastating, cataclysmic impact on the world and the British people. As its reverberations were so long-lasting and significant, it is easy to assume that the social consequences were as profound. This book presents the survey of life back at home during the First World War.
Автор: DeGroot Gerard Название: The Sixties Unplugged ISBN: 0330441728 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780330441728 Издательство: Pan Macmillan Рейтинг: Цена: 1010 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: The 1960s is a decade often seen through a rose-tinted lens: an era when the young would not only rule the world but change it, too, for the better. This book presents an account of the decade of myth and madness.
Автор: Degroot, Gerard Название: Dark side of the moon ISBN: 0224075934 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780224075930 Издательство: Random House - Penguin Рейтинг: Цена: 2468 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Reveals how NASA cashed in on the Americans` thirst for heroes in an age of discontent and became obsessed with putting men in space. This work explains why the American space program has been caught in a state of purposeless wandering ever since Neil Armstrong descended from Apollo 11 and stepped onto the moon.
Автор: Degroot, Gerard Название: Bomb ISBN: 0224062328 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780224062329 Издательство: Random House - Penguin Рейтинг: Цена: 2468 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Bombs are only as old as hatred itself but, since 6 August 1945, "the". bomb has haunted our dreams and threatened our existence. This is a historical account of the life story of the nuclear bomb, from its development in physics labs and testing in Bikini and Australia to its legacy that hangs over us today.
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