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The Times of the Eighties: The Culture, Politics and Personalities that Shaped the Decade

William Grimes The New York Times

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Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc
01 June 2013
History; Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000; Social & cultural history
From one of the best sources of in-depth daily reporting, The New York Times, comes this sweeping retrospective of the news, culture and personalities of the 1980s, as told through hundreds of hand-selected articles and compelling original commentary.

The Times of the Eighties
comprises more than 200 articles carefully curated by editor and Times writer William Grimes to create one complete, compelling, historical and nostalgic collection.

Organised by sections such as politics, business, science & health, sports, arts & entertainment, food, obituaries and more, it covers the biggest stories that shaped the 1980s. Articles include coverage of historic events like Wall Street's 'Black Monday,' the Iran-Contra scandal, Tiananmen Square, the Challenger disaster, the Human Genome Project, the collapse of communism and the introduction of the personal computer by IBM; cultural highlights like the launch of MTV, Ted Turner's establishment of CNN, the Cabbage Patch doll craze, reviews of movies like ET, Terminator, Raging Bull and Tootsie, and features on musicians like Michael Jackson, Joan Jett, U2, Wham, Blondie and more; plus pieces on personalities like Mikhail Gorbachev, Princess Diana, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Pete Rose, Bill Cosby and more.

The stories are penned by well-known Times writers like William Safire, Frank Rich, Anna Quindlen, Serge Schmemann, Russell Baker, Nan Robertson, Thomas Friedman, Linda Greenhouse, Bill Keller, Clyde Haberman, Paul Goldberger, Francis Clines, John Noble Wilford, Nicholas Kristof, Fox Butterfield, John Rockwell, Anthony Lewis and many other.

Grimes guides readers through the articles with commentary that puts the stories into historical context and explores the impact these events and individuals had on the future.

Includes hundreds of colour photographs from the Times and other sources.

Also available: The Times of the Seventies
By:   The New York Times
Edited by:   William Grimes
Imprint:   Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 263mm,  Width: 244mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   1.602kg
ISBN:   9781579129330
ISBN 10:   1579129331
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   01 June 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

The New York Times is regarded as the world's preeminent newspaper. Its news coverage is known for its exceptional depth and breadth with reporting bureaus throughout the U.S and in 26 international locations. Winner of 106 Pulitzer Prizes. William Grimes is a former magazine writer, culture reporter, theatre columnist, restaurant critic, book reviewer and current obituary writer for The New York Times. He is the author of four books on food and drink.

Reviews for The Times of the Eighties: The Culture, Politics and Personalities that Shaped the Decade

Packed with selected news and features covering politics, global events, fashion, sports, science, technology, health, lifestyle, and the arts, this selection of pieces from the morgue of the New York Times, with new commentary by Times obituary writer Grimes, brings the 1980s back to those who remember them and gives a great sense of the decade for those who don't. Here are major events chronicled, as they happened, from the eruption of Mount St. Helens to the Challenger explosion to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Readers witness the birth of personal computing, liposuction, CNN, and crazes such as Rubik's Cubes and Cabbage Patch dolls, as well as advances in genetics and the development of psychiatric drugs. Everyone will recognize the role that newspapers played, before the advent of the Internet and social media, in shaping our understanding of the world around us. While the book covers the major themes of the decade, it is not a source for the Times's longform investigative journalism of that decade. VERDICT A solid volume of contextualized primary-source material for dipping into. Ideal for stimulating cross-generational and classroom discussion or for just plain reminiscing. The forthcoming title The Times of the Seventies, edited and with commentary by Clyde Haberman, is also likely to be wclcome. Packed with selected news and features covering politics, global events, fashion, sports, science, technology, health, lifestyle, and the arts, this selection of pieces from the morgue of the New York Times, with new commentary by Times obituary writer Grimes, brings the 1980s back to those who remember them and gives a great sense of the decade for those who don't. Here are major events chronicled, as they happened, from the eruption of Mount St. Helens to the Challenger explosion to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Readers witness the birth of personal computing, liposuction, CNN, and crazes such as Rubik's Cubes and Cabbage Patch dolls, as well as advances in genetics and the development of psychiatric drugs. Everyone will recognize the role that newspapers played, before the advent of the Internet and social media, in shaping our understanding of the world around us. While the book covers the major themes of the decade, it is not a source for the Times's longform investigative journalism of that decade.VERDICT A solid volume of contextualized primary-source material for dipping into. Ideal for stimulating cross-generational and classroom discussion or for just plain reminiscing. The forthcoming title T he Times of the Seventie s, edited and with commentary by Clyde Haberman, is also likely to be wclcome.


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