Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explains the World We Live by David Sirota PDF

By David Sirota

ISBN-10: 0345518780

ISBN-13: 9780345518781

Wall highway scandals. Fights over taxes. Racial resentments. A Lakers-Celtics championship. The Karate Kid topping the box-office charts. Bon Jovi traveling the rustic. those phrases may describe our present moment—or the vaunted iconography of 3 many years past.

In this wide-ranging and wickedly exciting publication, New York Times bestselling journalist David Sirota takes readers on a rollicking DeLorean trip again in time to bare how such a lot of of our present-day conflicts are rooted within the larger-than-life popular culture of the 1980s—from the “Greed is sweet” ethos of Gordon Gekko (and Bernie Madoff) to the “Make my day” international coverage of Ronald Reagan (and George W. Bush) to the “transcendence” of Cliff Huxtable (and Barack Obama).

Today’s senseless militarism and hypernarcissism, Sirota argues, first turned the norm while an ’80s iteration weaned on Rambo one-liners and “Just Do It” exhortations embraced a brand new religion—with comedian books, cartoons, sneaker advertisements, videogames, or even children’s toys serving because the key tools of cultural indoctrination. in the meantime, in productions corresponding to Back to the long run, kinfolk Ties, and The giant Chill, a crusade used to be introduced to reimagine the Fifties as America’s misplaced golden age and vilify the Sixties because the resource of all our problems. That Nineteen Eighties revisionism, Sirota indicates, nonetheless rages at the present time, with Barack Obama solid because the 60s hippie being assailed by means of Alex P. Keaton–esque Republicans who lengthy for a go back to Eisenhower-era conservatism.

“The previous isn't dead,” William Faulkner wrote. “It’s now not even past.” The 1980s—even extra so. With the local dexterity just a baby of the Atari Age might own, David Sirota twists and turns this multicolored Rubik’s dice of a decade, exposing it as a caution for our personal stricken present—and attainable future.

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