1970's America

Author William Graebner will talk about his latest book, Patty’s Got a Gun: Patricia Hearst in 1970s America, on January 21, 2009 at the Central Library. These books include historical accounts of the Patty Hearst story, explorations of 1970s America, pictorial works of life at the time, as well as novels set during the 70s.

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Patty Hearst

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Patty's Got a Gun: Patricia Hearst in 1970s America
By William Graebner
In 1974, a San Francisco robbery committed by the Symbionese Liberation Army included 19-year-old accomplice Patty Hearst, an heiress who had been kidnapped by the terrorist group. The robbery led to a trial that depicted the “brainwashed” heiress as a symptom of 1960s liberalism gone wrong. Graebner offers the first substantial reconsideration of the Patty Hearst story in decades, delivering a nuanced portrait of 1970s America, the repercussions of which can still be felt.

Every Secret Thing
By Patricia Campbell Hearst, with Alvin Moscow
Abducted heiress Patty Hearst gives a first-hand account of her experiences with the Symbionese Liberation Army terrorist group. She explains her motives with respect to the criminal acts which led to her eventual incarceration. Her account reveals the SLA as a pathetic and disorganized group that was bent on violence.

Anyone's Daughter
By Shana Alexander
Journalist Shana Alexander examines the details of the Patty Hearst case in Anyone’s Daughter, originally published in 1979, from Hearst’s kidnapping to the bank robbery to her trial.

1970s America

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The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics
By Bruce J. Schulman
Sweeping away misconceptions about the "Me Decade," Schulman offers a fast-paced, wide-ranging, and brilliant examination of the political, cultural, social, and religious upheavals of the 1970's.

Something Happened: A Political and Cultural Overview of the Seventies
By Edward D. Berkowitz
As Edward D. Berkowitz demonstrates, the end of the postwar economic boom, Watergate, and defeat in Vietnam led to an unraveling of the national consensus. During the decade, ideas about the United States, how it should be governed, and how its economy should be managed changed dramatically. Berkowitz argues that the postwar faith in sweeping social programs and a global U.S. mission was replaced by a more skeptical attitude about government's ability to positively affect society.

Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-Up in the 1970s Changed America
By Richard Zoglin
Based on extensive interviews with club owners, agents, producers--and with unprecedented and unlimited access to the players themselves--this work is a no-holds-barred, behind-the-scenes look at one of the most influential and tumultuous decades in American popular culture.

1973 Nervous Breakdown: Watergate, Warhol, and the Birth of Post-Sixties America
By Andreas Killen
A year of shattering political crisis, 1973 was defined by the war in Vietnam, Roe v. Wade, the oil crisis, and the Watergate hearings. It was also a year of remarkable creative ferment. In this look back, Killen charts of a year in which post-war prosperity crumbles and modernism gives way to postmodernism.

1970s in Pictures

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Time of Transition: The 70s
By the editors of Time-Life Books
This book covers the 1970s through photographs of important figures, the Vietnam War, popular culture, and more.

The 1970s
By John Peacock
Fashion in the 1970s grew increasingly individualistic. The ethnic look flourished with bold and bright colors. Women's skirts lengthened and became more flowing, while men were wearing frilled or patterned shirts and wide ties. Flared pants were worn by both sexes. John Peacock's Fashion Sourcebooks are indispensable for historians, designers, students in the performing arts, or general fashion enthusiasts.

Interior Desecrations: Hideous Homes from the Horrible 70's
by James Lileks
Lileks delivers a jaw-dropping retrospective of the worst of the worst rec rooms, dens, bedrooms, and other interior spaces of homes in the years when shag rugs ruled. Everything here is straight out of the pages of 1970s interior design magazines, books, and other supposed arbiters of style and taste.

1970s in Fiction

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Channeling Mark Twain
By Carol Muske-Dukes
From National Book Award finalist and much lauded author Muske-Dukes comes an explosive and lyrical novel set in a women’s prison, which explores the worlds of poetry, politics, and sex in 1970s New York City.

By Christopher Sorrentino
It is 1974 and a tiny band of self-styled urban guerrillas, calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), abducts a newspaper heiress, who then takes the guerrilla name "Tania" and shocks the world by choosing to remain with her former captors. Soon most of the SLA are dead, killed in a suicidal confrontation with police in Los Angeles, forcing Tania and her two remaining comrades--the pompous and abusive General Teko and his duplicitous lieutenant, Yolanda--into hiding, where they will remain for the next sixteen months. These are the months of Tania's sentimental education.

Black Hole
By Charles Burns
From one of the most fiercely admired graphic artists at work today comes a gothic masterpiece of existential fear and loathing. Set in suburban Seattle in the mid-1970s, it is a horror tale unlike any other.

The Book of Getting Even
By Benjamin Taylor
Son of a rabbi, budding astronomer Gabriel Geismar is on his way from youth to manhood in the 1970s when he falls in love with the esteemed and beguiling Hundert family, different in every way from his own. Over the course of a decade-long drama unfolding in New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and the Wisconsin countryside, Gabriel enters more and more passionately and intimately into the world of his elective clan, discovering at the inmost center that he alone must bear the full weight of their tragedies, past and present.

By Irini Spanidou
The setting is 1970s New York City, a time and place of creativity, sexual freedom, and unforeseen dangers. At its center is Beatrice, who is twenty-five, mesmerizingly lovely, intelligent, and married to Ned, a volatile painter whose obsession with her has turned to hatred. Beatrice is desired by everyone around her: by Faye, her seductive, bawdy childhood friend; by Cyril, a lonely, charismatic Vietnam veteran; by Chris, a young heroin addict. And then there is Perkins, the oddly threatening man next door. An intoxicating mix of desire, longing, and menace, Before captures a dizzying time in America.

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