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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; 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.

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"In retrospect," writes David Halberstam, "the pace of the fifties seemed slower, almost languid. Social ferment, however, was beginning just beneath this placid surface." He shows how the United States began to emerge from the long shadow of FDR''s 12-year presidency, with the military-industrial complex and the Beat movement simultaneously growing strong. Television brought not only situation comedies but controversial congressional hearings into millions of living rooms. While Alfred Kinsey was studying people''s sex lives, Gregory Pincus and other researchers began work on a pill that would forever alter the course of American reproductive practices. Halberstam takes on these social upheavals and more, charting a course that is as easy to navigate as it is wide-ranging.

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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; 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.

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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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; 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.
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David Halberstam was a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and the author of numerous books, including  The Best and the Brightest, The Powers That Be, The Reckoning, Summer of ''49, Playing for Keeps, and  War in a Time of Peace. He died in April 2007.

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Derek Atkins
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Wishing for a More Balanced View of the 1950s
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2017
I purchased this book based on the customer reviews on Amazon, and was expecting this book to be full of interesting information about the 1950s. It was certainly full of interesting information about the 1950s, but I felt that Mr. Halberstam wrote this book with a... See more
I purchased this book based on the customer reviews on Amazon, and was expecting this book to be full of interesting information about the 1950s. It was certainly full of interesting information about the 1950s, but I felt that Mr. Halberstam wrote this book with a jaundiced eye towards the 1950s. To be fair, when one tackles a subject as broad as an examining an entire decade, there is simply too much material for one to cover every single detail, and so one must be selective in which aspect one chooses to include in such an overview. However, I felt that this book was quite biased, because it tended to present various liberal figures in a very positive light (for example, Margaret Sanger, who, I might point out, strongly promoted eugenics, something the Nazis also not only promoted but actively practiced) while tending to present various conservative figures in a negative light.

While there certainly were some things in 1950s America that merit criticism, I felt that Mr. Halberstam overlooked many good things that happened in America during the 1950s. For example, Dr. Jonas Salk successfully produced a polio vaccine, which was then administered to an entire generation of school children, and led directly to the virtual eradication of polio, a disease that caused much dread among generations of children and parents. Or consider Sputnik. While Mr. Halberstam did a good job of reporting public reaction to Russia''s launch of Sputnik (and later, Sputnik 2 and her successors) as well as the various highly public and embarassing failures of the American space program to launch satellites in response, I felt that Mr. Halberstam would have done well to also include the fact that the soul-searching among Americans in the wake of Sputnik lead directly to large amounts of money being pumped into public schools to better educate American schoolchildren in math and science, an investment that produced an entire generation of talented scientists in the following decades. And as a final example, I would mention that Mr. Halberstam largely left out the surge in church attendance that occurred during the 1950s, as well as the evangelistic efforts of Billy Graham, which had the overall effect of bringing Evangelical Christianity out of the self-imposed ghetto they were in during the first half of the 20th Century, and making it a very respectable part of American culture during the middle and later part of the 20th Century.
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Incredibly Interesting, Informative and easy to read
Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2016
The Fifties by David Halberstam Incredibly interesting. Informative. Easy to read. Changing topics with each chapter makes the book less intimidating than the 800 page size implies. Recommended for anyone interested in History and especially for those capable... See more
The Fifties by David Halberstam

Incredibly interesting. Informative. Easy to read. Changing topics with each chapter makes the book less intimidating than the 800 page size implies. Recommended for anyone interested in History and especially for those capable of connecting the dots from the 50''s to the 60''s, to the 70''s and beyond.

The fifties were a transitional decade. In previous decades, important cultural issues seem to stop at the end of each decade. The roaring twenties ended with the depression of the 30''s. The depression ended at the 40''s with WWII. But issues in the fifties were the seeds for issues dominating our culture for the next fifty years. The Cold War. Korea and the Vietnam conflicts. The development of the hydrogen bomb and intercontinental delivery systems. Brown vs the Board of Education, desegregation and Equal Rights, the sexual revolution and Feminist rights. The car industry grew from simple transportation to high power status symbols. With increased mobility, veterans moved to suburban communities like Levittown (envisioned and built by William Levitt) and entrepreneurs like Kemmons Wilson built Holiday Inn and created the modern motel industry. Ray Kroc took a small popular California resturant chain and essentially created the Fast Food industry. TV grew from a novelty gadget to being a central part of family entertainment, the most effective method to advertise, created the Consumer Society and became the most effective political tool since the soap box. Music went from parent approved, to Elvis Presley and Rock-in-Roll. Add Eisenhower, Kruschev, Nixon, John and Allen Dulles, Gen. Macarthur, McCarthy Hearings, Sputnik, U2 Spy Planes, CIA Covert Op''s and a host of other topics and characters too numerous to mention. Not just a nostalgic journey. Halberstam adds insight to why society and politics changed. Along the way you realize how much has changed while so much stayed the same.
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T. F. Hurley
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Some interesting things that happened in the 1950s
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2015
Much of the material covered in this book is quite interesting, ranging from domestic politics to foreign policy matters, big economic trends and cultural phenomena. But I disliked the organization which hopped pretty randomly among these big subject areas. Material on... See more
Much of the material covered in this book is quite interesting, ranging from domestic politics to foreign policy matters, big economic trends and cultural phenomena. But I disliked the organization which hopped pretty randomly among these big subject areas. Material on Elvis Presley might have immediately followed, without transition, material on Eisenhower''s campaigns; material on Levittown and the suburbanization of America was interspersed with a story on one of the CIA''s various covert intercessions in South America. Notably, the "jumping around" of subject matter also did not follow a timeline (e.g., 1950, 1951 . . . 1960), and probably could not, because many of the various subjects did not represent discrete events occurring at specific times.

The book also seemed to lack a major thesis--less an answer to the question "What were the 1950''s in America all about?" than to a request to "Tell me some interesting things that happened in the 1950s?"

But. . . still interesting and a reasonably good read.
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Keeper of the Bunny
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An excellent popular history by a great historian
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2017
If you don''t know anything about the ''50s this is the book to read. The author takes people and events from the ''50s and writes a chapter or more on each. I spent my youth in the ''50s, graduating from high school in 1959. I remember the historic events, but the... See more
If you don''t know anything about the ''50s this is the book to read.
The author takes people and events from the ''50s and writes a chapter or more on each.
I spent my youth in the ''50s, graduating from high school in 1959. I remember the historic events, but the chapters about people who contributed to the culture of the ''50s gives you great insight into the era. The author gives you a glimpse at people from the head of General Motors to the founders of the Beatniks.
Contrary to popular misconception, the ''50s was not the decade of the "baby boomers'', but their parents. Soldiers who returned from WW2 and Korea and their wives. The baby boomers were pretty much still in playpens. You figure that if you were born in 1946, by 1956 you would only be ten. Not many were wearing poodle skirts or driving around in ''49 Fords, listening to Chuck Berry.
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Jeff
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The seeds that germinated in the 60s and 70s
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2019
The decade was 70% completed when I was born. I have no recall of the 1950s, even though I was born late in the decade. Having now read this massive history, I now feel as if I lived through the decade. Halberstam begins his story with Truman’s election of 1948,... See more
The decade was 70% completed when I was born. I have no recall of the 1950s, even though I was born late in the decade. Having now read this massive history, I now feel as if I lived through the decade.

Halberstam begins his story with Truman’s election of 1948, the Soviet test of a nuclear weapon in 1949, and the beginning of the Korean War in 1950. The short time the United States had as the leader of the world and the only nation with nuclear weapons had come to an end. We were beginning a new era, the Cold War. The uneasy situation with the Soviets would remain throughout the decade and Halberstam ends this book with the story of the U2 being shot down over Russia (which ended Eisenhower’s quest for a nuclear treaty) and the planning for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

A lot happened in the 1950s and, as Halberstam points out, much of what occurred in the 60s had its roots in the 50s. From music to Vietnam, civil rights to foreign policies, the sexual revolution to television, space and science to the rise of suburbia, McCarthy to Kerouac, the 60s (and 70s) grew out of seeds planted in the 50s. Halberstam follows these developments through vignettes, stories of what was happening. In ways, the stories can stand alone, but taken together they paint a picture of vibrant decade that too often has been portrayed as sleepy.

Many of the people whom Halberstam writes about are well known and became even more famous in the 1960s (Richard Nixon, Hugh Hefner, Marlo Brando, Marlyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Martin Luther King, among others). Others were less well known, but their ideas caught on as they developed fancy car designs, hotel and restaurant empires, housing tracks, and pushed America into a consumer culture. As I approached the end of the book, I was shocked to see one such individual that I knew personally. Kensinger Jones (pages 629-635) spent his retirement years on a farm south of Hastings, Michigan. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Hastings while I was pastor. Unfortunately, he was unable to be very active due to health issues, but I often visited with him and his wife Alice and enjoyed our conversations. Ken Jones was responsible for a series of Chevrolet ads that weren’t designed to “sell cars, but to sell dreams.” These ads were essentially a mini-story told visually as the consumer was encouraged to “See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet.” While Ken certainly appreciated the power of the image, as Halberstam notes, he also appreciated the written word. After he could no longer attend church, he would read my sermons and often wrote notes of appreciation. And he was an author himself. I have two of his books on my shelf today.

Toward the end of Eisenhower’s presidency, there were those who suggested it was a shame there was the 23rd Amendment that kept a President from running for a third term. Eisenhower, whom it seems in Halberstam was never sure if he wanted to be President, would have nothing to do with such talk. He didn’t want a third term nor did he think anyone should be President over the age of 70. I wonder what Ike would think about our last election with both candidates over the 70 mark?

This is a wonderful book with many great stories. Even those who have no memories of the 1950s will find themselves entertained and will learn how this decade influenced future decades in America.
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Notty Boy
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A People''s History Of The Fifties
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2020
Yes, the book is biased towards a leftist perspective and there is more editorializing that I would like to see in a history book (I like my history books to be a bit more impartial as they tell the account of events). I get Halberstam''s point that much of what happened in... See more
Yes, the book is biased towards a leftist perspective and there is more editorializing that I would like to see in a history book (I like my history books to be a bit more impartial as they tell the account of events). I get Halberstam''s point that much of what happened in the 60''s had its seeds in the 50''s, and that not everyone was happy with how things were. However, there was something off putting to me about how he presented certain information. Sometimes there was speculation about what someone was likely thinking without any quotes to back this up.

The author also seemed to have somewhat of an obsession with who was cool (Marlon Brando) and who was trying but failing (Hugh Hefner). I sensed a certain contempt for people who were square (such as people living in Levittown), yet it felt as if there was some hero worship of bohemian personalities such as the Beat poets/writers.

All that being said, I believe the positives greatly outweigh the negatives for me. First is the ambitious scope of the book. The book manages to cover a lot of ground with enough depth that I felt I understood this decade better than before. For example, much time was spent on the people who worked on the atomic bomb and how the government treated some of them after they had reservations about working on the H-bomb. The author also talks about the red scare and McCarthyism. I found his treatment of Eisenhower fair; he comes across as a basically decent human being with some warts (I have a biography of this president ready in my kindle as a result of this book). General McArthur didn''t fare as well, and neither did Nixon and Pat (his wife) (though I appreciated getting some insight into their hard scrabble backgrounds which made me feel I understood them better).

The civil rights movement is also discussed, including Emmet Till''s murder , the Montgomery bus boycott, and later the incident at Little Rock with the integration of the black students. Martin Luther King is profiled, but I don''t recall Malcom X being given much if any time, which seems like a glaring omission. Other important people of the time include Betty Friedan, Margaret Sanger, Elvis Presley, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Marylyn Monroe, Marlon Brando and James Dean. I appreciated learning more about popular culture at the time. I particularly appreciated the perspective on television, and I believe I better understand how revolutionary it was. I kept thinking of the internet as a parallel.

The car companies, and other aspects of how commerce changed also get plenty of coverage, mostly I suspect because of the new affluence of the population.

All in all, much recommended, and I''ll be checking out his other books.
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I highly recommend this book. Somewhat lengthy, but takes less time to read than it did to live it.
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2020
As a child of the Fifties I thought it might be worthwhile for a reread of David Halberstam’s book that summarized the decade that is so often now referred to nostalgically as “simpler times”. As a time period we should replicate. As a child during that time, starting in... See more
As a child of the Fifties I thought it might be worthwhile for a reread of David Halberstam’s book that summarized the decade that is so often now referred to nostalgically as “simpler times”. As a time period we should replicate. As a child during that time, starting in elementary school and ending the decade in high school, I’ve always been surprised about how much of that period I remembered. Halberstam’s book took me for a walk down memory lane and filled in so much of what I was unaware of at the time that shaped the events of this era… and the ones that followed. Starting with Truman, Eisenhower and leading to Kennedy he interweaves political developments the technological from the Atomic bomb to television to Sputnik and shows how such disparate developments as the arrival of Holiday Inns and McDonalds influenced our lives. Not to mention the transition of the music to Elvis and Rock & Roll and how these both helped to reveal economic and racial rifts in our society and also helped to heal them. There are many more major elements to the book that will remind you of those times. It will also prompt you to look at current times and ask yourself what are the underlying themes of this time and what that might forecast for the decades to come.
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A Must Read
Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2017
Amazing book, my favorite in probably the past ten years. I was hoping that there was a "Sixties" because I wanted to keep the information rolling in, but alas it was not to be. While reading this book, I found eerie similarities to the election which just... See more
Amazing book, my favorite in probably the past ten years. I was hoping that there was a "Sixties" because I wanted to keep the information rolling in, but alas it was not to be. While reading this book, I found eerie similarities to the election which just occurred. Everyone should read this book, to show us that we cannot be so blind as to think that the people running the country are capable and that there are only minor consequences to bad management. The book isn''t all war and politics; there are delightful interludes of television and suburban sprawl (which I found particularly entertaining). This book looks at nearly every aspect of life in the "adorable" Fifties, in which we saw a drastic change in lifestyle, attitudes, aggressiveness, and tolerance.
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Erik Petersson
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Good account of the USA in the 50''s
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 28, 2020
Well written book that covers many aspects of the USA in the fifties. I''m a fan of American Blues, Rockabilly and Rock''n''roll and I like to know more about the society where this great music was created. Author is a good writer with a big knowledge of the topic as far as I...See more
Well written book that covers many aspects of the USA in the fifties. I''m a fan of American Blues, Rockabilly and Rock''n''roll and I like to know more about the society where this great music was created. Author is a good writer with a big knowledge of the topic as far as I - a Swede - can judge.
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A brilliant overview of USA in the1950s
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 2, 2018
This book provides a logical and interwoven narrative of the decade which saw the emergence of USA as the dominant nation in the world following World War 2. A ''must read''.
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Five Stars
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just perfect
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Excellent American History
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 3, 2006
This is the best book that I have read for a long time. It is not however, a comprehensive history of the decade but rather, a detailed and engrossing account of American history during the period - no Suez or Hungary here. The breadth of coverage, in terms of topics...See more
This is the best book that I have read for a long time. It is not however, a comprehensive history of the decade but rather, a detailed and engrossing account of American history during the period - no Suez or Hungary here. The breadth of coverage, in terms of topics covered, is stunning (housing, civil rights, foreign policy, pop culture etc etc) and it contains chapters about many, many things I knew nothing about. Halberstam''s writing style is easy to follow and includes an appropriate number of humorous anecdotes. Highly recommended.
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Insightful
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 29, 2013
Having grown up in the 50s, it''s fascinating to read about the reality of the decade. Halberstam is a wonderful writer!
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