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TRIUMPH OF THE YUPPIES

AMERICA, THE EIGHTIES, AND THE CREATION OF AN UNEQUAL NATION

Insightful and immensely entertaining.

A cultural history of Yuppies, the elite young urban professionals of the 1980s.

McGrath, the former editor-in-chief of Philadelphia magazine and author of MTV: The Making of a Revolution, explores the rise of a highly educated subgroup of the baby boomer generation that became known as the Yuppies. The election of 1980 was pivotal for many reasons. “In rejecting Teddy Kennedy and Jimmy Carter and electing Ronald Reagan as president,” writes the author, “American voters had sent a clear message: The status quo wasn’t acceptable.” Over the course of the decade, as McGrath engagingly details, the Yuppies continued to make choices that significantly influenced American society, choices that still resonate today. “What Yuppies did, ate, bought, thought, and aspired to impacted everyone,” he writes. “Yuppies mattered.” McGrath cogently explains the economic and political environment that America was facing during this time and the actions this group took in an attempt to set themselves apart from previous generations, as well as the ironies involved in many of their decisions. The author also explores specific trends that arose during this time, including the transformations that took place in neighborhoods of large cities across the country, including New York City’s SoHo, Chelsea, and Upper West Side; Boston’s Back Bay and South End; and San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury. Although the 1980s is remembered as the decade of excess, as McGrath notes, “in truth, many, if not most, Boomers were struggling.” The author examines how those without college degrees were affected by the political and economic decisions of the time, with particular focus on the widening cultural divide that arose and contributes to the “unequal and unsettled America we live in today.” From Dallas to Dynasty, Jane Fonda to Madonna, readers who witnessed the rise and fall of the Yuppies will appreciate this trip down memory lane.

Insightful and immensely entertaining.

Pub Date: June 4, 2024

ISBN: 9781538725993

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Review Posted Online: Feb. 29, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2024

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KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON

THE OSAGE MURDERS AND THE BIRTH OF THE FBI

Dogged original research and superb narrative skills come together in this gripping account of pitiless evil.

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Greed, depravity, and serial murder in 1920s Oklahoma.

During that time, enrolled members of the Osage Indian nation were among the wealthiest people per capita in the world. The rich oil fields beneath their reservation brought millions of dollars into the tribe annually, distributed to tribal members holding "headrights" that could not be bought or sold but only inherited. This vast wealth attracted the attention of unscrupulous whites who found ways to divert it to themselves by marrying Osage women or by having Osage declared legally incompetent so the whites could fleece them through the administration of their estates. For some, however, these deceptive tactics were not enough, and a plague of violent death—by shooting, poison, orchestrated automobile accident, and bombing—began to decimate the Osage in what they came to call the "Reign of Terror." Corrupt and incompetent law enforcement and judicial systems ensured that the perpetrators were never found or punished until the young J. Edgar Hoover saw cracking these cases as a means of burnishing the reputation of the newly professionalized FBI. Bestselling New Yorker staff writer Grann (The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession, 2010, etc.) follows Special Agent Tom White and his assistants as they track the killers of one extended Osage family through a closed local culture of greed, bigotry, and lies in pursuit of protection for the survivors and justice for the dead. But he doesn't stop there; relying almost entirely on primary and unpublished sources, the author goes on to expose a web of conspiracy and corruption that extended far wider than even the FBI ever suspected. This page-turner surges forward with the pacing of a true-crime thriller, elevated by Grann's crisp and evocative prose and enhanced by dozens of period photographs.

Dogged original research and superb narrative skills come together in this gripping account of pitiless evil.

Pub Date: April 18, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-385-53424-6

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: Feb. 1, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2017

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WHAT THIS COMEDIAN SAID WILL SHOCK YOU

Maher calls out idiocy wherever he sees it, with a comedic delivery that veers between a stiletto and a sledgehammer.

The comedian argues that the arts of moderation and common sense must be reinvigorated.

Some people are born snarky, some become snarky, and some have snarkiness thrust upon them. Judging from this book, Maher—host of HBO’s Real Time program and author of The New New Rules and When You Ride Alone, You Ride With bin Laden—is all three. As a comedian, he has a great deal of leeway to make fun of people in politics, and he often delivers hilarious swipes with a deadpan face. The author describes himself as a traditional liberal, with a disdain for Republicans (especially the MAGA variety) and a belief in free speech and personal freedom. He claims that he has stayed much the same for more than 20 years, while the left, he argues, has marched toward intolerance. He sees an addiction to extremism on both sides of the aisle, which fosters the belief that anyone who disagrees with you must be an enemy to be destroyed. However, Maher has always displayed his own streaks of extremism, and his scorched-earth takedowns eventually become problematic. The author has something nasty to say about everyone, it seems, and the sarcastic tone starts after more than 300 pages. As has been the case throughout his career, Maher is best taken in small doses. The book is worth reading for the author’s often spot-on skewering of inept politicians and celebrities, but it might be advisable to occasionally dip into it rather than read the whole thing in one sitting. Some parts of the text are hilarious, but others are merely insulting. Maher is undeniably talented, but some restraint would have produced a better book.

Maher calls out idiocy wherever he sees it, with a comedic delivery that veers between a stiletto and a sledgehammer.

Pub Date: May 21, 2024

ISBN: 9781668051351

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 5, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2024

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