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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Slate columnist Fred Kaplan argues that it was in 1959 that the country shifted from its pre-WWII traditions to the individualistic, question-authority world of today. In 1959: The Year Everything Changed, he discusses three key events served as catalysts for vast changes that ushered in the modern world: the pharmaceutical company Searle sought FDA approval for the birth control pill, the first American soldiers were killed in Vietnam, and the microchip was introduced.

Event: Fred Kaplan will be reading and signing books
Wednesday, June 24, at 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble, Park Slope
267 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn


Fred Kaplan

Comments [3]

David K. Porter from Tampa, FL

Also, do not miss David Halberstam's "The Fifties."

Jul. 04 2009 10:21 AM
kp from nj

Is your author familiar with the books "The Fourth Turning" and "Generations" by
William Strauss & Neil Howe. They go into great detail about the cyclic nature of history and the great change that is brought about periodically as the cycle 'turns'.

Jun. 24 2009 01:28 PM
Jeffrey from upper west side

Don't forget that in the late 50s, developments in jazz also included the west coast cool sound (Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker) and Chico Hamilton's "chamber" jazz.

Jun. 24 2009 01:18 PM

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