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In the New World: Growing Up with America from the Sixties to the Eighties

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We first meet Larry Wright in 1960. He is thirteen and moving with his family to Dallas, the essential city of the New World just beginning to rise across the southern rim of the United States. As we follow him through the next two decades—the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the devastating assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Vintage (first published 1987)
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SmarterLilac
God I love, love, love this book. Wright's prose is perfect. I discovered this at the beginning of my own political upheaval and personal disillusionment, (mid-2004) which proceeded to feel like I imagine the '60s felt for the previous generation. It was an eye opener.
David Quinn
An excellent book through the first half but a bit wearying beyond that point. Overall I’d recommend it, particularly to Baby Boomers born around 1950.

The first 11 chapters were terrific. The writing was very fluid and insightful, and I really liked the author’s blend of personal memoir, generational vibe and historical references.

Starting with Chapter 12 (White Man) the writing took on a dour and whiny style and never returned to its earlier excellence.

This was the reverse of my experience with
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Roy
Excellent account of the turbulent times in which the author grew up and his own journey through them.
Charlotte Rogan
Memoir about growing up in Dallas; rings bell after bell.
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i haven't been drawn into something so effortlessly in a while. the man's writing is clear and the pace steady, and it's great when an author can write about politics without being strident, yet without withholding his own conclusions. more of a report than an opinion-piece for sure. Looming Tower was similarly excellent.
the book is especially interesting because you get a sense of what it was like to live in dallas and to understand the context in which the assassination of JFK happened. i had
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Mason
A thoughtful, well-written memoir/historical non-fiction narrative about Dallas as a source for rebellion and complacency in the 1960s-80s. A must-read for anyone who found themselves chafing against "Big D" in childhood.
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Lawrence Wright is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, screenwriter, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and fellow at the Center for Law and Security at the New York University School of Law. He is a graduate of Tulane University, and for two years taught at the American University in Cairo in Egypt.

Wright graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School (Dallas, Texas) in 1965 and, in 2009
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