David Halberstam – The Fifties


The Fifties is a sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the 10 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 best seller

Author: David Halberstam
Narrator: Robertson Dean
Duration: 34 hours 44 minutes
Released: 18 Apr 2009
Publisher: Random House Audio
Language: English

User Review:

salary nine-year-old

This book takes us through the Fifties by a series of essays about the people who created the events of that decade Halberstam was one of the truly great popular historian.His deep research is presented in a luminous text