This vivid New York Times bestseller about 1950s America from a Pulitzer Prizeâ€“winning journalist is â€śan engrossing sail across a pivotal decadeâ€ť (Time).
Joe McCarthy. Marilyn Monroe. The H-bomb. Ozzie and Harriet. Elvis. Civil rights. Itâ€™s undeniable: The fifties were a defining decade for America, complete with sweeping cultural change and political upheaval. This decade is also the focus of David Halberstamâ€™s triumphant The Fifties, which stands as an enduring classic and was an instant New York Times bestseller upon its publication. More than a survey of the decade, it is a masterfully woven examination of far-reaching change, from the unexpected popularity of Holiday Inn to the marketing savvy behind McDonaldâ€™s expansion. A meditation on the staggering influence of image and rhetoric, The Fifties is vintage Halberstam, who was hailed by the Denver Post as â€śa lively, graceful writer who makes you . . . understand how much of our time was born in those years.â€ť This ebook features an extended biography of David Halberstam.