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Something Happened: A Political and Cultural Overview of the Seventies

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2005 non-fiction book by Edward D. Berkowitz

In both the literal and metaphorical senses, it seemed as if 1970s America was running out of gas. The decade not only witnessed long lines at gas stations but a citizenry that had grown weary and disillusioned. High unemployment, runaway inflation, … see full wiki

Author: Edward D. Berkowitz
Genre: Cultural History
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Date Published: November 23, 2005
1 review about Something Happened: A Political and Cultural...

Probably more appropriate as a reference volume for most readers.

  • Dec 16, 2008
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For me "Something Happened: A Political and Cultural Overview of the Seventies" is a very difficult book to size up.   If you were over the age of 18 and paying any attention at all to current events during the 1970's then you will not find very much new information in this book.   In large part I found "Something Happened" to be very matter of fact and even a bit tedious at times.   Having said that I must acknowledge that author Edward Berkowitz has produced an extremely well balanced analysis of the events of this tumultous decade.
For those who are too young to remember the 1970's "Something Happened" presents a fairly comprehensive overview of the political, economic, scientific and cultural phenomenon of the decade.  Berkowitz also gives us a very balanced assessment of our political leadership during the decade and attempts to explain why the country as a whole seemed to be in such a funk during these years.  Berkowitz succeeds in making the argument that there was a lot more going on in the 1970's than most people realize.
In the final analysis I believe that "Something Happened" is better suited as a reference book than a book for the general reader.  I would definitely not recommend it for anyone over the age of 50.   While "Something Happened:  A Political and Cultural Overview of the Seventies" was an interesting trip down memory lane,  I found little in the way of new information in this book and that frustrated me.   And yet I can see how valuable this book might be to someone much younger than myself.  All in all,  this was a worthwhile project that deserves a spot in your public library.

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