I wound up in 'Nam in January of 1967. I was in a peaceful and far away place - Hawaii - but still in the Navy so. I also liked the way it elaborated on details of daily life at certain points, giving you an idea of what it would have been like to be alive at that point. But the agony of what we went through to achieve them, combined with the tragedy of Viet Nam, brought back memories of a very tough and depressing time indeed. The book details both social history and political machinations in the period with a focus on how the , the and the influenced American culture. Except, that is, the money to finance a ship to take him there. Needless to say, everyone was a self-important blowhard including me.
Now we're rounding into the homestretch as Vietnamization will stagger to it's ignominious conclusion and the Nixon administration will eventually dissolve into the swamp of it's moral turpitude. Legal and moral turpitude such as Judge Hoffman's at the Chicago Seven trial is often covered by omission. I joined the Navy in late 1965 as the big and rapid military buildup was happening. A weakened Truman decides not to run and asks Stevenson, who finally accepts. Hard to give any overall impressions - history is a muddle from too-close up. College kids in Berkeley start pushing. His mother taught him the little prayer that English-speaking chil dren say, and a strange hushed feeling always came over him at the thought of the soul folded up inside of him, which he prayed the Lord to keep.
He reports not only on historical events, but on the slang, the culture, the fashion, and the emotion of the time. He was a beast of burden. Beyond the breadth of topic, the amazing part of his writing is how he is able to offer this kind of depth on a consistent basis over the 40 year span. As I write this on a laptop. They were prepared to embrace the status quo; they would obey the law, pay taxes, fulfill their military obligations, and vote, though thereafter politics would be none of their concern. The American portraits and period montages were also wonderful additions. They either worship him or despise him.
A two volume history of the U. It is an epic narrative, a story as vast and as varied as the city it chronicles, and it underscores that the history of New York is the story of our nation. Third-party sites are multimedia services that allow you to read and download e-books. The book and the family movies are side-by-side right now! Best of all, if after reading an e-book, you buy a paper version of The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America, 1932-1972. Gallup consistently found that 50 percent of the public had a favorable opinion of the senator and thought he was helping the country; only 29% disapproved of him and 21% had no opinion at all. Most particularly this is a great thing to give to anyone over sixty as so much of it will remind them of their own experiences, both private and public.
I found a couple of passages exceptionally interesting. Nader set himself up as a watchdog of the National Traffic Safety Agency and the went after the meat packers; the result was the Wholesome Meat Act of 1967. His coverage includes the famous whether they are political like Truman and McCarthy or cultural icons like Hepburn and Tracy. The men of the 54th regiment put up with stereotypes… Americans. This book could have been so great to listen to, a masterpiece of cultural history.
It's breadth and scope are enormous and it carries the interesting prejudices and opinions which are hardly clic I used to work in this call center on Northwestern's campus. The Marine recruits dying in a swamp - I remember that one. S troops against destitute World War I veterans and their families who were seeking early payment of military bonuses. They went right on driving big Detroit cars, eating processed foods, coating themselves with expensive cosmetics and smoking poisonous cigarettes. In time nearly everyone there tuned him out, with one exception: his youngest son Ralph. Unfortunately, resentful Republicans have been trying to exact revenge ever since. His analysis of underwater conflict begins with Archimedes discovering the principle of buoyancy.
One gets a distinct sense that Manchester wrote the book for the sake of catharsis, having just lived through the disaster that was Richard Nixon's presidency, on top of the pain and agony that was the nineteen sixties in America. In his three books and 800 newspaper columns he had tackled many sacred cows which deserved it. The book begins with the Bonus March on Washington where Patton and MacArthur led U. But no matter what your age, Manchester is a good historian and writer who is a joy to read. And of course Sputnik and the Edsel and it's lemon-sucking mouth of a grille.
It is an American classic. Still goin' on today of course. He chose to peddle hate. Manchester simplifies the complex political maneuvers and opaque terminology that pervaded Cold War politics to more accessible language. Indeed that can add to a work. So far my main impression is of how much 1932 looks like today.
Like The China Wave, this book is both discerning and provocative, and serves as a required reading for everyone concerned with the rise of China and its global implications. Not only did I enjoy this book, but I What a shockingly pleasant surprise. What was the purpose of the Selective Service Bill? So, Kennedy dies and Johnson takes over, misleading the public about Vietnam. That is, we are doing the same thing as Google, only within the framework of one subject. If the server does not provide a quick download, then we remove it from the list. Riding his own horses, he had collected 400 ribbons and 200 cups, he also pursued steeplechasing, fox hunting, skeet shooting, and flying. It offers a unique and original perspective on the future of this coming superpower.
I was told by my draft board this is in 1965 that I'd be drafted in October, when I turned 19, so I enlisted in the Navy in September. Protest was clearly alien to such an outlook. It's a long book, 1300 pages, and I've put it down and taken it up more than a few times in the last two or three years. In this case, he overestimates the 60s and the baby boomers some of their representatives of them. Up to that point, I had read only historical fiction. It was a new warfare called Blitzkrieg, meaning lightning in German.