Strange Days Indeed

Strange Days Indeed : The 1970s - The Golden Days of Paranoia

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The 1970s were a theme park of mass paranoia. Strange Days Indeed tells the story of the decade when a distinctive paranoid style emerged and seemed to infect all areas of both private and public life, from high politics to pop culture. The sense of paranoia that had long fuelled the conspiracy theories of fringe political groups then somehow became the norm for millions of ordinary people. And to make it even trickier, a certain amount of that paranoia was justified. Watergate showed that the governments really were doing illegal things and then trying to cover them up. Though Nixon may have been foremost among deluded world leaders he wasnt the only one swept up in the tide of late night terrors. UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson was convinced that the security services were plotting his overthrow, while many of them were convinced he was a Soviet agent. Idi Amin and his alleged cannibalism, the CIAs role in the Chilean coup, the Jonestown cult, the Indian state of emergency from 75 to 77 and more are here turned into a delicious carnival of the derangedand an eye-opening take on an oft-derided decadeby a brilliant writer with an acute sense of the absurd.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 165.1 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 725.74g
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1586488457
  • 9781586488451
  • 1,852,208

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Kirkus "The author ably navigates the shattered landscape of the decade, which, for all its awfulness, has inspired a fair share of nostalgia...Literate, authentic to period detail and often entertaining." Booklist, STARRED review "A hugely entertaining book that makes you laugh, think, and look over your shoulder--sometimes all at the same time." Publishers Weekly "[W]riting like Hunter S. Thompson might have had he been English and sober, Wheen offers a vivid, entertaining guide to an era of fear and loathing." The New Republic"Wheen slathers his prose with cleverness so cheerily that you could almost forget that this was the decade of Nixon's air war and the Khmer Rouge." The Los Angeles Times"[Strange Days Indeed] frames the 1970s as an era of institutional collapse, unstable officials, general irrationalism (widespread interest in UFOs, psychic phenomena, mad cults) and terror: the Irish Republican Army's bombing campaign in Britain, the Black September massacre at the Munich Olympics, the Zippy the Pinhead antics of the Baader-Meinhof Gang, and the Symbionese Liberation Army." CHOICE Magazine, January 2011 "A must read...highly recommended."show more

About Francis Wheen

Francis Wheen is deputy editor of Private Eye and the editor of Lord Gnome's Literary Companion, the author of the bestselling How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World and Karl Marx: A Life, and a former columnist in the London Guardian. He has contributed to Vanity Fair, the Nation, the New Yorker, LA Times, and Washington Post, and has appeared on C-SPAN's Booknotes and National Public Radio.show more

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