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"Decadewise, the 70s haven't fared very well. They have been written off as the unnecessary evil separating the '60s, when America discovered its soul, from the 80s, when America recovered its pride. All that should change with David Frum's excellent, provocative and highly entertaining HOW WE GOT HERE .. Best approached with an open mind and a proactive imagination, HOW WE GOT HERE is an original, beautifully written, big witty pudding of a book."
The Wall Street Journal
"Frum's extraordinary new book is to the writing of contemporary American history what [Lytton] Strachey's [Eminent Victorians] was to the genteel biographical tomes of its day--an audacious act of revisionism, written in a voice and style so original it deserves to be called revolutionary."
"Frum is a terrific writer who deals breezily with a wide range of contemporary issues. ... [HOW WE GOT HERE] is a quirky, irreverent book, and great fun to read."
NY Times Book Review
"Frum revisits, with a good deal of wit and a surprising ambivalence, what he calls 'America's low tide.'"
"How We Got Here is one of the few books that is a must-read, giving the 1970s the scrutiny they deserve. This wide-ranging volume, like its untidy, sprawling subject, belongs in the dance floor spotlight, not swept under the orange shag rug."
"A thoroughly enjoyable time capsule for the turn of the century."
"HOW WE GOT HERE is an unusual, entertaining hybrid of political commentary, history, philosophy and polemic covering most of the major political, economic, social and cultural trends of the decade."
Los Angeles Times
"Insightful and interesting." Washington Post
"Frum ... is a classy writer, witty and incisive." Commentary
"In surveying the '70s, Mr. Frum offers an entertaining brew of pop culture, social history, and political analysis. His writing is brilliant, whether he is presenting a thumbnail sketch of the Bretton Woods agreement, an annotated overview of self-help book titles, a substantial essay on judicial philosophy or a precise (though merciless) flaying of the natural foods movement."
How We Got Here
The 70s: The Decade that Brought You Modern LifeFor Better or Worse
(Basic Books, January 2000)
by David Frum
- Modern America: Child of the Seventies? Claiming that the seventies made America what it is today, this readable, illuminating book makes a respectable case, by John Attarian, World and I, July 1, 2000
- David Frum's New Book Explains Our Misery, by Rory Leishman, The London Free Press, June 2, 2000
- That 70s Revival: Clinging To The Malaise Decade, by Josh Ozersky, Newsday
- That 70s Decade, by Steven Biel, The American Prospect, May 8, 2000
- The Decade that wouldn't Die; A new theory declares that everything we are has a touchpoint in the 70s, by Amy Wilson, The Orange County Register, April 30, 2000
- Keeping Up With The Joneses; For Kids Of The 70s, It's Time To Talk About Our Generation, by Barbara Brotman, Chicago Tribune, April 27, 2000
- The disco decade rediscovered, by Rob Morse, The San Francisco Examiner, April 23, 2000
- 1970s, for better or for worse, by Richard R Roberts, The Indianapolis Star, April 22, 2000
- A serious look at how we got Frum there to here, by Mathew Rees, The Ottawa Citizen, April 17, 2000
- A home-brewed pundit of the American right blames society's decline on the 70s, by Michael Taube, The Toronto Star, April 16, 2000
- The 70s: Going Back To The Future David Frum's New Book Makes A Case For The '70s Being The Significant Decadeof Our Times, by Peter Worthington, The Toronto Sun, April 6, 2000
- Look where 70s brought us, by William Murchison, The Dallas Morning News, April 5, 2000
- The Me Genesis; The 70's' explores the hedonistic decade that brought us to today, by Michael Skube, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 2, 2000
- How We Got Here; Review, by Richard John Neuhaus, First Things, April 1, 2000
- When It All Began to Go Very Wrong-and Right, by Terry Eastland, The American Spectator, March 2000
- An intriguing view Frum the 1970s, by David Warren, The Ottawa Citizen, March 28, 2000
- Sucking in the 70s, by Joe Knowles, In These Times, March 20, 2000
- From Socially Aware We' To Self-Indulgent 'Me', by Robert Santelli, The Plain Dealer, March 19, 2000
- Brat Pack: A conservative muses on the selfish generation that began to wreck America sometime after 1969, by David M Oshinsky, The New York Times Book Review, March 12, 2000
- Book on the 70s offers us little insight into history, by DJ Morel, The Seattle Times, March 12, 2000
- Author defines 70s as decade that made America what it is, by Graydon Royce, Star Tribune, March 8, 2000
- Those unserene 70s, by Mona Charen, The Washington Times, March 06, 2000
- Review by Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post, March 5, 2000
- That "Slum of a Decade", by Richard J Whalen, Across the Board, March 1, 2000
- Disco Decade of 70s created today's America, by Chuck Moss, The Detroit News, March 1, 2000
- How We Got Here The 1970s: The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse; Review, by James Fallows, Washington Monthly, March 1, 2000
- The Unloved Decade, by Lance Morrow, Time, February 28, 2000
- Socking It To the 70s, by Set Gitell, Forward, February 25, 2000
- How'd We Get So Vacuous? The 70s, Spin, And Too Much Self, by Katherine A Powers, The Boston Globe, February 13, 2000
- Finding the seeds of the present in grape boycotts, the Vietnam War, by George Daffin, The Washington Times, February 13, 2000
- A Low, Dishonest Decade, by John Podhoretz, National Review, February 7, 2000
- The 70s As The Real Revolution, by David Daley, The Hartford Courant, February 1, 2000
- The Seventies Give Nostalgia A Bad Name, by Clyde Haberman, The New York Times, February 1, 2000
- Days of Malaise, by Dan Seligman, Commentary, February 2000
- Though Retro May Be Chic, 70s Have A Lot To Answer For, by Linda Seebach, Denver Rocky Mountain News, January 30, 2000
- Bell-Bottom Blues, by Zachary Karabell, Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2000
- Bill Came Due For Sins Of 'Seventies, by Rod Dreher, The New York Post, January 30, 2000
- Two Years That Shook the World, by Frank Gannon, The Wall Street Journal, January 27, 2000
- 1970s, not 60s, was real decade of change, by Howard Troxler, St Petersburg Times, January 24, 2000
- How We Got Here: America Since the Seventies-For Better or Worse, Publishers Weekly, January 10, 2000
- 'Blame Yesterday First' Conservatives Find a Ripe New Target in the 70s, by Andrei Cherny, The New Democrat, November/December 1999