Back to Our Future

Back to Our Future

How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything

Book - 2011
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In this wide-ranging and wickedly entertaining book, "New York Times" bestselling journalist David Sirota takes readers on a rollicking DeLorean ride back in time to reveal how so many of our present-day conflicts are rooted in the larger-than-life pop culture of the 1980s.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2011], ©2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345518781
0345518780
Branch Call Number: 973.92 Si
Characteristics: xxi, 276 pages ; 25 cm

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wiscozone
May 24, 2016

I loved this book, read it at very opportune time in my life. I am a child of the 80's which made the book highly enjoyable. So much of my childhood was referenced it was like a comfy blanky. I was also highly impressed with all of the aha moments that I had, his way of explaining how in the 80's pop culture was used to demonize the movements of the 60's and 70's all while glorifying the 50's was fascinating. Every night I was jumping out of my skin to tell my husband what was going on in the book and it always sparked a lively discussion, so much so that I had to renew the book so that he could read it when I was done. I highly recommend this book for anyone from the 80's or anyone interested in current politics in America and how we got here.

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StarGladiator
Sep 15, 2015

I really like - - and appreciate - - David Sirota, but frequently believe he comes to involved at looking at the tree level, and is oblivious to the Big Forest picture! It wasn't Reagan so much, although he was somewhat good at following directions, i.e., it has been the uber PR firms, so-called think tanks, et cetera, which have promulgated the lone-cowboy, the uncool sense of community-type of consensus, not some shallow Grade B actor in the White House! [And it was Jimmy Carter who began deregulation, which zoomed under Reagan and Clinton, and it was Carter who did away with federal anti-usury regulations and laws, which allowed for the Reagan Administration's crime, among many others, of creating that ARM, or Adjustable Rate Mortgage scam.] Still a good read, though.

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TheSponge
Jun 06, 2011

I found this book tremendously insightful and especially entertaining. If you are a child of the 80’s you’ll enjoy reading this book. Without giving too much away, the author investigates the politics, ideologies and policies of the 1980’s and how the mainstream media from that era has affected, shaped and impacted the opinions of society at large today. Food for thought….

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