AMERICAN SOCIETY SINCE 1945 by William L.--Ed. O'Neill


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Aspects of social life in this, the third collection of articles from the Sunday Magazine. The first section, a miscellany, touches on the religious revival and Levittown, femininism and the intellectual establishment. The other four parts deal with various minority groups--undergraduates and bohemians, the Movement, political fringes, and end with a conversation of the intelligentsia in which Herbert Marcuse, the radicals' philosopher, has the last word. O'Neill provides headnotes and an introduction and his general guideline is that following the war, unexpected prosperity yielded to careful conformity, the ""thaw"" of the early sixties and ""Finally, of course. . . a counterrevolution."" The selections which uphold his view range from George Barrett's ""Close-Up of the Birchers' Founder"" to Joan Didion on Joan Baez' School for Nonviolence.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1969
Publisher: Quadrangle/The New York Times