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 momentaor 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 1980safrom the aGreed is gooda ethos of Gordon Gekko (and Bernie Madoff) to the aMake my daya foreign policy of Ronald Reagan (and George W. Bush) to the atranscendencea of Cliff Huxtable (and Barack Obama). Todayas mindless militarism and hypernarcissism, Sirota argues, first became the norm when an a80s generation weaned on Rambo one-liners and aJust Do Ita exhortations embraced a new religionawith comic books, cartoons, sneaker commercials, videogames, and even childrenas 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 Americaas 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. Keatonaesque Republicans who long for a return to Eisenhower-era conservatism. aThe past is never dead, a William Faulkner wrote. aItas not even past.a The 1980saeven more so. With the native dexterity only a child of the Atari Age could possess, David Sirota twists and turns this multicolored Rubikas Cube of a decade, exposing it as a warning for our own troubled presentaand possible future. From the Hardcover edition.From the Hardcover edition.
|Title||:||Back to Our Future|
|Publisher||:||Ballantine Books - 2011-03-15|