Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - The Fifties by David Halberstam

"The Fifties" is a sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the ten years that David Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today. It is the decade of Joe McCarthy and the young Martin Luther King, the Korean War and Levittown, Jack Kerouac and Elvis Presley. Halberstam not only gives us the titans of the age - Eisenhower, Dulles, Oppenheimer, MacArthur, Hoover, and Nixon - but also Harley Earl, who put fins on cars; Dick and Mac McDonald and Ray Kroc, who mass-produced the American hamburger; Kemmons Wilson, who placed his Holiday Inns along the nation's roadsides; U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers; Grace Metalious, who wrote Peyton Place; and "Goody" Pincus, who led the team that invented the Pill. Here is a portrait of a time of conflict, at once an age of astonishing material affluence and a period of great political anxiety. We follow, among other things, the quickening pace of American life and the powerful impact of national television, still in its infancy, on American society: from the Kefauver hearings to "I Love Lucy" to Charles Van Doren and the quiz-show scandals to the young John Chancellor of NBC covering the Little Rock riots and holding up a disturbing mirror to America.

Buy The Fifties by David Halberstam from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780449909331
ISBN-10: 0449909336
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 146mm x mm)
Pages: 811
Imprint: Fawcett
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 10-May-1994
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - The Fifties by David Halberstam

Book Reviews - The Fifties by David Halberstam

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Fifties book by David Halberstam and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Author Biography - David Halberstam

David Halberstam was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of numerous books, including The Best and the Brightest, The Powers That Be, The Reckoning, Summer of '49, Playing for Keeps, and War in a Time of Peace. He died in April 2007.

Books By David Halberstam

Moments by David Halberstam
Paperback, September 2015
Everything They Had by David Halberstam
Paperback, May 2009
Breaks of the Game by David Halberstam
Paperback, February 2009
Coldest Winter by David Halberstam
Paperback, September 2008