by David Sirota
Okay, I have to admit it: I loved the 1980s. Heck, I still love the eighties. I came of age in the eighties, and it is the decade which I hold near and dear to my heart.
In his book, Sirota makes this basic assertion: what happened in the eighties (politically and culturally) has a large effect on how we live today.
He tackles four main “movements” of the eighties:
• Nostalgia for the 50s + hatred for the sixties = the rise of conservatism;
• The cult of the individual/celebrity;
• The rise of militarism in America; and
• The myth of color-blindness (as in race) in America.
Some parts of this book are very, very dry, and some parts are very interesting. While I love the author’s nostalgic look at the eighties, I am not sure about his comparison between the eighties and the decade in which we now live.