The Fifties Author:David Halberstam The Fifties is a sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the ten years that Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today. Halberstam offers portraits of not only the titans of the age: Eisenhower Dulles, Oppenheimer, MacArthur, Hoover, and Nixon, but also of Harley Earl, who put fins on cars;... more » Dick and Mac McDonald and Ray Kroc, who mass-produced the American hamburger; Kemmons Wilson, who placed his Holiday Inns along the nation's roadsides; U-2 pilot Gary Francis Powers; Grace Metalious, who wrote Peyton Place; and "Goody" Pincus, who led the team that invented the Pill.
This was without a doubt the best and most enjoyable book I ever read. I have since read many other Halberstam books. Having lived through the fifties, then reading about all the various events and creations of that time was an eye opening experience. I was absolutely struck by the WOW effect and could not wait for the next scenario. Hated to reach the end and will read it again before I leave. Any reader will be amazed at the things that came about during the FIFTIES.
This is a great book about the 50s - puts much into perspective, especially for those of us born in that decade! I wish I could post my copy, but I my dog got ahold of the cover and it is taped together! Still readable if anyone wants it.