Back to Our Future

Back to Our Future

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Wall Street scandals. Fights over taxes. Racial resentments. A Lakers-Celtics championship. The Karate Kid topping the box-office charts. Bon Jovi touring the country. These words could describe our current momenta€”or the vaunted iconography of three decades past. In this wide-ranging and wickedly entertaining book, New York Times bestselling journalist David Sirota takes readers on a rollicking DeLorean ride back in time to reveal how so many of our present-day conflicts are rooted in the larger-than-life pop culture of the 1980sa€”from the a€œGreed is gooda€ ethos of Gordon Gekko (and Bernie Madoff) to the a€œMake my daya€ foreign policy of Ronald Reagan (and George W. Bush) to the a€œtranscendencea€ of Cliff Huxtable (and Barack Obama). Todaya€™s mindless militarism and hypernarcissism, Sirota argues, first became the norm when an a€™80s generation weaned on Rambo one-liners and a€œJust Do Ita€ exhortations embraced a new religiona€”with comic books, cartoons, sneaker commercials, videogames, and even childrena€™s toys serving as the key instruments of cultural indoctrination. Meanwhile, in productions such as Back to the Future, Family Ties, and The Big Chill, a campaign was launched to reimagine the 1950s as Americaa€™s lost golden age and vilify the 1960s as the source of all our troubles. That 1980s revisionism, Sirota shows, still rages today, with Barack Obama cast as the 60s hippie being assailed by Alex P. Keatona€“esque Republicans who long for a return to Eisenhower-era conservatism. a€œThe past is never dead, a€ William Faulkner wrote. a€œIta€™s not even past.a€ The 1980sa€”even more so. With the native dexterity only a child of the Atari Age could possess, David Sirota twists and turns this multicolored Rubika€™s Cube of a decade, exposing it as a warning for our own troubled presenta€”and possible future. From the Hardcover edition.From the Hardcover edition.

Title:Back to Our Future
Author:David Sirota
Publisher:Ballantine Books - 2011-03-15


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