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It Seemed Like Nothing Happened: America in the 1970s

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In this unique, comprehensive history of the 1970s, we learn about international developments: the war in Cambodia, Nixon's trip to China, the oil embargo and resulting gas shortage, the Mayaquez incident, the Camp David accords, the Iranian capture of the U.S. embassy and the taking of hostages, the ill-fated rescue mission. All this signaled a decline in American power a ...more
Paperback, 450 pages
Published February 1st 1990 by Rutgers University Press (first published 1982)
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Mariah Smith
Four stars only because it reads a bit like a textbook. Carroll is an excellent writer, making the 1970's a fascinating and simple read.
A good survey of the 1970s.
Peter Mcloughlin
This book is written too close to the times it discusses. The emphasis it has on certain movements and a cultural changes is mostly what seems important from the perspective of the early 80s. Mao was once quoted on his opinion of the French Revolution and he replied "it is too soon to tell". That is the problem of writing so close to events. The author doesn't seem to make much of the forces on the right of the seventies for example or economic changes taking place at the time. If he were writin ...more
Michelle Llewellyn
As another reviewer observed, this does read like a textbook but it doesn't detract from presenting the facts in a well-organized context and format. Since I'd already read a bunch of other books about the 70's (I recommend Mad as Hell by Dominic Sandbrook as the best of the bunch)I found nothing new presented in this book that I hadn't already read before. A similar timeline: Vietnam disillusionment, Watergate, inflation, breakdown of nuclear family, culminating with the election of Reagan. A q ...more
A long-sixties read. The 1970s were not a 'me-decade' - what seemed like a turn toward narcissism was a reaction to the collapse of the New Left coalition - the attempt to find and create new methods of solidarity and unity
Read this for a grad class.
Phenomenal survey-type book of the 1970s. Yes, it reads kind of like a textbook, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The title is, of course, ironic, and the book very successfully shows that the "Sixties" as a movement/era/idea do not at all end on December 31, 1969, and that much of great significance happened in this easily overlooked decade. Will definitely keep this one on my shelf for future reference and rereading.
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