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DeGroot on the other hand portrays a decade where madness and violence were endemic. However while Sandbrook looks at family life in Britain, DeGroot takes a much wider geopolitical view — enabling him to bring in wars, dictators, political scandals, cults and societies tearing themselves apart. Nov 28, Trevor rated it liked it.
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As someone born in the 70's this book was quite a history lesson! Of course, I was aware of some of entries in this book such as Watergate and Charles Manson but there are so many other events and people I knew nothing about. Mar 26, Steve Duffy rated it it was ok. I can't really fault this book as a broad overview of the s.
Though the lack of focus on a specific country, or movement, or cultural phenomenon or whatever, does lead to a certain amount of sketchiness, many excellent in-depth studies are available to fill the gaps for instance,if your appetite for 70s Brit-history was whetted by this book, then you'll definitely want to read Andy Beckett's "When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies".
As befits an overviewer, De Groot's grasp of I can't really fault this book as a broad overview of the s.
A Kaleidoscopic Look at a Violent Decade
As befits an overviewer, De Groot's grasp of the subjects he chooses to cover is generally sound; however, he has a real problem with objectivity. Time and again I found myself bridling at being told what I ought to think about the topic under consideration - even when I actually agreed with De Groot. A bit less preachiness would certainly have added another star to the rating.
Jan 28, Kim rated it liked it. A quite intriguing look at the Seventies through a series of 10 or so page 'snippets' detailing violent events and how they came about, from the rises of various dictators Idi Amin, Ayatollah Khomeini to terrorism Red Army Faction, the Israeli hostages at the Olympics ; from domestic problems strikes, politics to international crises Vietnam, Cambodia, Afghanistan, the Middle East.
Whilst concentrating on 'violent' events and protests, the author made it clear that he wasn't saying that t A quite intriguing look at the Seventies through a series of 10 or so page 'snippets' detailing violent events and how they came about, from the rises of various dictators Idi Amin, Ayatollah Khomeini to terrorism Red Army Faction, the Israeli hostages at the Olympics ; from domestic problems strikes, politics to international crises Vietnam, Cambodia, Afghanistan, the Middle East. Whilst concentrating on 'violent' events and protests, the author made it clear that he wasn't saying that the 70s was necessarily nothing but violence, merely to point out that the events highlighted were almost a natural progression following on from the 'liberated' Sixties.
Overall, an interesting read and learnt quite a lot. Nicolas Hoffmann rated it it was amazing Mar 08, Nick Blackbourn rated it it was amazing Jun 18, Maarten Vanderhaeghe rated it really liked it Dec 26, Thomas Murray rated it really liked it Nov 03, Trkstr rated it really liked it Mar 17, Eddie rated it really liked it May 07, Charlie Rawson rated it liked it Jan 01, Chris Stanley rated it really liked it Jan 06, Phil rated it liked it Nov 02, Aaron rated it liked it Jun 25, Michael Oliver rated it really liked it Oct 17, Carlos Ferreira rated it liked it Apr 19, Kaylee rated it really liked it Jul 17, David rated it really liked it Apr 22, Cedric rated it it was ok Jun 25, Kate marked it as to-read Jul 31, Anne marked it as to-read Sep 01, Danny Volt is currently reading it Jul 22, Gaynor Clarkson marked it as to-read Nov 04, Natalie Prior is currently reading it Nov 26, NancyHelen marked it as to-read Jan 06, Kevin marked it as to-read Jan 06, Steven Richmond added it Jan 17, Neil Andrews is currently reading it Jun 25, If you want to discover the vibrancy of the city between the wars, you might want to get hold of a copy of Twenties London: Sex, Shopping and Surburban Dreams by Mike Hutton.
This age book is described as an 'affectionate recollection of twenties London', examining all facets of metropolitan life from the good time party antics of the Bright Young Things to the seedy underbelly of East End gangland. There's also flapper girls and aesthetes, jazz stars and film legends, but also everyday folk going about their everyday post-war business.
The Seventies Unplugged: A Kaleidoscopic Look at a Violent Decade by Gerard J. DeGroot
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