The Fifties

The Fifties

David Halberstam


The Fifties is a sweeping social, political, fiscal, and cultural background of the 10 years that Halberstam regards as seminal in deciding upon what our state is at the present time. Halberstam deals pictures of not just the titans of the age: Eisenhower Dulles, Oppenheimer, MacArthur, Hoover, and Nixon, but in addition of Harley Earl, who positioned fins on autos; Dick and Mac McDonald and Ray Kroc, who industrially produced the yank hamburger; Kemmons Wilson, who positioned his vacation lodges alongside the nation's roadsides; U-2 pilot Gary Francis Powers; Grace Metalious, who wrote Peyton position; and "Goody" Pincus, who led the staff that invented the Pill.

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