By William L. O'Neill
The first Gulf battle and President Clinton's interventions in another country even though, American spirits have been freer from worry than that they had been because the Twenties, the writer argues. No global struggle loomed sooner than the U.S., and after the Berlin Wall got here down the threat of nuclear annihilation light besides. a short recession within the Nineteen Nineties gave option to the main filthy rich years american citizens had recognized for many years. not like within the Eighties less than Ronald Reagan, the rise in nationwide wealth trickled right down to the center category because of an strange upward thrust in productiveness and big infrastructure investments by means of organisations within the "new economy." To basic amazement, crime premiums begun falling after nearly thirty years of raises, in order that americans have been happier, more secure, and materially at an advantage than prior to.
Although the Republican social gathering grew to become to the darkish aspect, Mr. O'Neill writes, peace and prosperity enabled humans to benefit from the finer issues in existence and to lavish their issues on political correctness, the decline of the army, the worries of upper schooling, and the manifestations of an out-of-control pop culture he calls "Tabloid Nation"—the trials of O.J. Simpson and President Clinton, SUVs, cellphones, and bimbo eruptions.
Mr. O'Neill explores all of them, and extra, with perception and wit. "It was once all too solid to last," he tells us. "Reality intruded back with the dot.com crash in 2000 and the terrorist assaults of 2001. nonetheless, we are going to consistently have Paris Hilton." With eight pages of black-and-white photographs.
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