How We Got Here: The 70's: The Decade that Brought You Modern Life (For Better or Worse)

How We Got Here The s The Decade that Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse For many the s evoke the Brady Bunch and the birth of disco In this first thematic popular history of the decade David Frum argues that it was the s not the s that created modern Amer

  • Title: How We Got Here: The 70's: The Decade that Brought You Modern Life (For Better or Worse)
  • Author: David Frum
  • ISBN: 9780465041961
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Paperback
  • For many, the 1970s evoke the Brady Bunch and the birth of disco In this first, thematic popular history of the decade, David Frum argues that it was the 1970s, not the 1960s, that created modern America and altered the American personality forever A society that had valued faith, self reliance, self sacrifice, and family loyalty evolved in little than a decade intoFor many, the 1970s evoke the Brady Bunch and the birth of disco In this first, thematic popular history of the decade, David Frum argues that it was the 1970s, not the 1960s, that created modern America and altered the American personality forever A society that had valued faith, self reliance, self sacrifice, and family loyalty evolved in little than a decade into one characterized by superstition, self interest, narcissism, and guilt Frum examines this metamorphosis through the rise to cultural dominance of faddish psychology, astrology, drugs, religious cults, and consumer debt, and profiles such prominent players of the decade as Werner Erhard, Alex Comfort, and Jerry Brown How We Got Here is lively and provocative reading.

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  • David Frum

    David J Frum is a Canadian American journalist active in both the United States and Canadian political arenas A former economic speechwriter for President George W Bush, he is also the author of the first insider book about the Bush presidency His editorial columns have appeared in a variety of Canadian and American magazines and newspapers, including the National Post and The Week He is also the founder of FrumForum formerly NewMajority , a political group blog.

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  • The 1970s 1 was 4 through 14 during this decade. I remember pretty much every crazy song, fad and TV show from the era. My memories of that time are personal (with the exception of a few major events: long lines at gas stations, Jim Jones, the Iran hostage crisis), and because I was just young enough, I am fascinated to read about how the 1970s fit into a 20th century historical context. I will get my complaint about this book out of the way first - at times the author made conservative stateme [...]


  • I give this book three stars not because it is good (it is not), but because I am a fan of the book-length jeremiad. My copy is thoroughly stained with red ink, margin notes like "seriously?" or "oh please" or "WRONG!," and dog-ears on pages with particularly hilarious quotes: "That all-too-recurrent late twentieth century moment in which a disgraced public figure tearfully informs us that God has forgiven him occurred far less often in the more bracing moral clime of half a century ago" (p.155) [...]


  • This is NOT a silly pop-culture survey of the '70's, despite what the graphics and blurbs on the cover seem to suggest. Instead, it's an overview of the social and political history of that benighted decade. By Frum's telling, if the 60's were the High Water Mark of Liberalism, then the 70's were Picket's Charge. Frum's 70's are an era when an abyss seemed to open between the elites and ordinary citizens. His histories of Watergate and the Boston busing controversy are especially illuminating in [...]


  • I disagree with Frum, on nearly every point (the exception being his discussion of the implications of confessional culture). But the writing style and the content make it a very enjoyable read, and it offers good insights into rightist political imaginaries.


  • Pretty good overview of the decade I grew up in. It was a busy, demoralizing decade, but has a special place in my heart. Reading this brought back many memories.


  • This is a popular history of the 1970s, with the thesis that the 1970s sociocultural changes are responsible for today's modern attitudes and social conditions.Part I concerns a widespread collapse of trust in many institutions, especially government and civil authorities. Frum believes the collapse started with Vietnam, was intensified by Watergate, and branched out from distrust of the federal government into a distrust of civil government and civil authorities. A web of petty corruption scand [...]


  • Recommended by author of the popular LDS historical fiction series Children of the Promise and Hearts of the Children, Dean Hughes included this book in one of his reading lists. Being a fan of his work, I took his word for it and read it myself. Having already read other non-fiction books about when the distrust of the government began, the dissolving of family, marriage and how feminisim all had their start in the 70's, well, it was not surprising to find all of those facts repeated here. I wa [...]


  • Frum is a legend in his own mind. His mom was the famously flaky Barbara of CBC fame and his views are shaped by the silver spoon wedged between his lips. I have very little use for his inter-generation discontent baiting. It was already becoming cliche to blame all of the ills of America on the self-indulgent baby boomers. My own father said to me, when I impetuously engaged in the same blame-gaming of his generation, "If you are old enough to see the problem, then you are old enough to change [...]


  • Clearly a product of the pre-millennial era, and the edition I read was the most rife with grammar mistakes I've ever seen in a book, but a great read. It takes a wide-angle look at the (American-centered) 70s and offers thoughtful generalizations rather than minute specifics. Sexual politics, desegregation, the role of children, the rise of divorce and Republicanism, the restructuring of Congress - all are touched on without going into greater detail, and will likely inspire the reader into stu [...]


  • I found the social commentary bits to be very interesting--the rise of feminism and its effect on society, the decline of education in America, etc.--but the political stuff seemed to be a grumpy laundry list of things the Democrats did to destroy the country (at one point he complains about how the Progressives were all into building dams, then complains about how environmentalists won't let America build dams anymore).


  • Interesting to read this more than 10 years after it was published. Some of the current social commentary become very out of dated. It opened my eyes to a lot of issues that I didn't connect to the 70's.


  • I read this in preparation for my AP grading (on Nixon). Wow, 70's was a bad trip!! That is about all I can remember from this book. But I seem to recall liking it.



  • A survey of the 1970s that tends to gravitate mostly toward the political aspects of the decade. Would have liked more cultural history.


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