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Hugely entertaining, and scary,
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This review is from: Strange Days Indeed: The Golden Age of Paranoia (Paperback)
This great book by Francis Wheen (the author of a series of excellent and thought provoking titles) presents the almost forgotten decade of the 70s. What is stricking (or at least will be to those too young to remember this era) is the state of decomposition of Britain. What we now think of Greece, people used to think of England at that time: bankrupt, morally dissolved and ripe for political disintegration. Also shocking is the portait of the many quite deranged international leaders of the time, starting with Nixon and finishing with Idi Amin. All this is very entertaining yet a bit scary. The scary bit comes from the realisation that there are a great many deranged leaders in our days, and similar feelings of doom. A great book to have. Also you should consider How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World: A Short History of Modern Delusions.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2015 16:34:19 BDT
Finnemore Walters says:
I disagree. I think most people had a better time during the 1970's than they do now. After reading Wheen's book, I donated it to a charity jumble sale. Nobody bought it even though it was only 10p.
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