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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties (Politically Incorrect Guides)

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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 historythe 1960s.
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Published (first published January 1st 1900)
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John
Jun 09, 2012 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, history
My least favorite of the PIG series so far, but still worth reading just to get a different perspective on the era. The book is insightful, but it lacks focus and is written in a snide, know-it-all tone. In the arts section, especially, author Jonathan Leaf steps way outside the confines of historical fact and instead takes on the role of music and film critic. That wouldn't be so bad, expect that Leaf--like most bad critics I don't care to listen to--talks as though art is a science and persona ...more
Justin
Mar 02, 2014 Justin rated it did not like it
So I was feeling particularly masochistic and skimmed the chapter on the civil rights movement and came away impressed by conservatives' ability to come super close to saying that civil rights activists were uppity whiners without quite saying it. I also loved the part when the scary radicals took over and started promoting racial hatred. I mean, not the racial hatred that led to this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmett_T... but the kind that led to a lot of hurt feelings on the part of whites ( ...more
James
Feb 16, 2013 James rated it it was ok
Shelves: history-general
Lots of factual and date errors. Also lots of points of view that, while opinions, are decidedly bizarre, such as stating that Bob Dylan lacks any talent. On the one hand he lauds John Lennon for criticizing a part of the Students for a Democratic Society for praising Mao, on the other hand he calls Lennon "snarly."

The book makes some valid points about other 60's characters, but over-makes its case.
Zinger
Aug 08, 2010 Zinger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
This book zipped through this era briefly touching on many important tidbits that most Americans have never heard of. Being interested in this time period I have read many books on the subject so there was not very many things I learned.

Leaf has a straight forward and blunt way of saying things, which makes the book fun. I agreed with most of what he said, but I still like to listen to Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead.

Gary
Oct 09, 2009 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy books that seek to debunk liberal mythology. Liberal mythology runs deep and thick and I admire anyone who has the guts to go after it. This is a light read, not an in-depth expose'. Of particular interest are the chapters on the effect of the "Great Society" on the Black family and the Vietnam War. I question the conclusions of the chapter on the space program, I feel the program was worthy, even if it was expensive.
Shawn
Oct 23, 2011 Shawn rated it did not like it
This is literally the worst book of any kind I've ever read. It is an extremist right-wing manifesto parading about as a legitimate textbook. It believes it is correcting a "liberal bias" in other books, making it the Fox News of Textbooks. Truly a steaming pile.
Michael Tarpinian
This is the third P.I.G. book I have read. While i like them and the information I learn, they are coming from a negative perspective. So, they are a bit of a downer.

On balance, I really liked the book becuase it was informative and had a funny take on the world.
stormhawk
Not one of my favorite PIGs, although I appreciate all of them for their attempts to correct the misinformation of conventional wisdom. Although the book only addresses 10 years of American History, the reader is left feeling unsatisfied with the level of detail of the information.
John Stone
Apr 10, 2013 John Stone rated it it was ok
Skip this one. Too much opinion offered as fact. I especially disliked the music reviews. To paraphrase "Field of Dreams", I think he had two fifties and skipped right to the seventies.
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Just incase you forgot or don't know.
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“In researching this book, I quickly discovered a surprising thing about the 1960s: the decade was not nearly as radical as we've been led to believe. In fact, the upheaval was really confined to a very narrow stratum of society. For the overwhelming majority of Americans, the 1960s was a conservative decade.” 0 likes
“Take just one well-known event: The Beatles' 1964 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. This has been depicted with astonishing regularity as a pivotal cultural moment; in fact an entire movie -- I Wanna Hold Your Hand -- was built around it. And that Sullivan episode was indeed a major event in popular culture. But did you know that in 1961, 26 million people watched a CBS live broadcast of the first performance of a new symphony by classical composer Aaron Copland? Moreover, with all the attention that sixties rock groups receive, it may come as a surprise to learn that My Fair Lady was Columbia Records' biggest-selling album before the 1970s, beating out those of sixties icons Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and The Byrds.” 0 likes
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