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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties (The Politically Incorrect… (edition 2009)

by Jonathan Leaf

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Title:The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties (The Politically Incorrect Guides)
Authors:Jonathan Leaf
Info:Regnery Publishing (2009), Paperback, 256 pages
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Rating:****
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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties (The Politically Incorrect Guides) by Jonathan Leaf

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This book does have some useful information, but it was written by a libertarian, so it also has the obligatory chapter in which the author reminds you that he's a kook. In this case, it's the chapter about how horrible and wrong the space program was. What did he want to do with the money instead, spend it on the social programs he spends much of the book despising?

He also pretends that hippie culture never happened, on the grounds that people in the '60s dressed and lived in manners roughly comparable to those of the '50s. It would've been more honest to say that "the Sixties" happened in the '70s instead... (And, from what I know of the decade, I get the impression that its mental culture might've been more Seventies-ish than its physical culture was. But I'm not an expert; I certainly can't say for sure.) ( )
  ex_ottoyuhr | May 7, 2014 |
The true story of what really happened in the 1960's. ( )
  virg144 | Jun 17, 2013 |
Lots of factual and date errors. Also lots of points of view that, while opinions, are decidedly bizarre, such as stating that Bob Dylan lacks any talent. On the one hand he lauds John Lennon for criticizing a part of the Students for a Democratic Society for praising Mao, on the other hand he calls Lennon "snarly."

The book makes some valid points about other 60's characters, but over-makes its case. ( )
  JBGUSA | Mar 30, 2013 |
Lots of factual and date errors. Also lots of points of view that, while opinions, are decidedly bizarre, such as stating that Bob Dylan lacks any talent. On the one hand he lauds John Lennon for criticizing a part of the Students for a Democratic Society for praising Mao, on the other hand he calls Lennon "snarly."

The book makes some valid points about other 60's characters, but over-makes its case. ( )
  JBGUSA | Mar 30, 2013 |
Lots of factual and date errors. Also lots of points of view that, while opinions, are decidedly bizarre, such as stating that Bob Dylan lacks any talent. On the one hand he lauds John Lennon for criticizing a part of the Students for a Democratic Society for praising Mao, on the other hand he calls Lennon "snarly."

The book makes some valid points about other 60's characters, but over-makes its case. ( )
  JBGUSA | Mar 30, 2013 |
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In this blast from the past, critically acclaimed playwright and journalist Jonathan Leaf reveals the politically incorrect truth about one of the most controversial decades in history: the 1960s. Did you know that the civil rights movement did little to improve the lives of average African Americans or that most Americans actively supported the Vietnam War and the draft? The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties proves the anti-Vietnam War sentiment and free love slogans that supposedly "defined" the decade were just a small part of the leftist counter culture. The mainstream culture was more politically incorrect--but you'll never hear that from a liberal pundit or read it in a politically correct textbook.… (more)

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