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Born in the mid-fifties I missed most of the history described in this book. Up to now I thought the era was just like Happy Days or American Graffiti. This books tells the whole story of the era and its effects on race relations, culture, merchandising, and music that persist to this day. It does a great job of showing how 50's Rock and Roll set the stage for the 60's that would follow.
This book pinpoints the moment when teenage culture began. When all of a sudden being "IN" was everything and a major preoccupation not only to teens but for their families as well. Modern parents grappling with teenager cell phone bills can finally know how this whole mess started LOL.
In addition to the generational wars -- this book also describes effects on economics and marketing. It also describes in detail the causes and effects of the "payola" radio scandal and other social history tidbits.
All in all a very good listen - 3rd stop on my tour of the 50's ("1959", The Cold War"). I recommend this tour to anyone born in the 50s. We just "missed" a very eventful time in history.
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This only covers the 1950s. It's good, but not far-reaching. Worth it for 50's content.