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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties (Paperback)

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by Jonathan Leaf

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Publication Date: August 11, 2009

Get ready to break on through to the other side as critically acclaimed playwright and journalist Jonathan Leaf reveals the politically incorrect truth about one of the most controversial decades in history ÌÎÌ__ÌÎå«Ì´å the 1960s. Life was more 'square' than 'groovy' and Dean Martin was topping the Billboard charts, not Jimmy Hendrix. In this blast from the past, Leaf exposes the lies and busts the myths propagated by the liberal establishment. Did you know the civil rights movement did little to improve the lives of average African Americans; most Americans actively supported the Vietnam War and the draft; "My Fair Lady" was one of the most popular albums during the 1960s? "The Politically Incorrect GuideTM 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 ÌÎÌ__ÌÎå«Ì´å but you'll never hear that from a liberal pundit or read it in a politically correct textbook.

When you think of the 1960s, what images come to mind? Most people think of rock music and psychedelic drugs, youthful rebellion and draft dodging, long hair and protest marches. But is that really what the '60s were all about? Absolutely not, says Jonathan Leaf. In "The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties," Leaf busts the biggest myth of all about that decade: that it was defined by radical politics and cultural upheaval. From popular music to college politics to fashion, he demonstrates that throughout the 1960s America remained a deeply conservative country, with disturbances and protests confined to a small minority of agitators who are now wrongly hailed in our politically correct textbooks as the dominant voice of their generation.

Mainstream America resisted the encroachments of the counterculture, Leaf shows. It was the Vietnam veterans, not the antiwar radicals, who expressed the values held throughout most of the country. What's more, contrary to popular belief, the vaunted sexual revolution never occurred in the '60s, and rock 'n' roll was not king. In this rollicking, provocative book, you'll discover that in the 1960s:

  • Most college students rejected radical politics
  • President Kennedy was not the dashing, progressive hero of liberal lore
  • The economic condition of blacks became much worse after the passage of landmark civil rights legislation
  • Manned space flights were a politicized boondoggle

If you think Woodstock and the Acid Tests were events that defined a generation, you'll be singing a new tune after reading "The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties" ÌÎÌ__ÌÎå«Ì´å and it won't be by The Grateful Dead.

Editorial Review

"Has any decade been more mythologized than the 1960s? I doubt it. Read Jonathan Leaf, who corrects and debunks the conventional wisdom and who also teaches us interesting and important things about that time, and ours." ÌÎÌ__ÌÎå«Ì´å William Kristol, editor, Weekly Standard

"Jonathan Leaf almost makes the 60s worth it in this merciless debunking of the myths of our decade of shame. Fun, informed, and above all valuable." ÌÎÌ__ÌÎå«Ì´å Rich Lowry, editor, National Review

About the Author

Jonathan Leaf is a journalist, playwright and critic who grew up in Trenton, N.J. He graduated from Yale with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, The American, The New York Sun, The New York Post, New York Press and National Review.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (August 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596985720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596985728
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces