The Super Seventies

Some two dozen titles evoke the politically and culturally significant events and personalities in the 1970s--from Vietnam & Watergate to "Star Wars" and Margaret Thatcher. What a time it was!

Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the Peoples Temple

By Deborah Layton

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"...on November 18, 1978 in Jonestown, a commune in the depths of the Guyanese jungle, 913 followers of the Reverend Jim Jones obeyed his orders to take their own lives, dutifully swallowing fruit-flavored punch laced with cyanide. It was the worst mass suicide in modern history. The Peoples Temple had started out years before as a respectable church involved in community service and civil rights activism. Jim Jones's followers grew in number, and the organization gained prominence in the San Francisco community, recognized by such high-profile figures as Mayor George Moscone and First Lady Rosalyn Carter. But by the time Jones and his followers had begun their emigration to the 'promised land' in Guyana, the group had become increasingly militant and paranoid.

"Deborah Layton saw that something was seriously wrong the minute she arrived in Jonestown, and six months before the massacre, she escaped the guarded compound she had imagined would be paradise. Her warnings to the press and to the U.S. State Department of an impending disaster fell on disbelieving ears: Exactly four days after her testimony in Washington, D.C., Congressman Leo Ryan, three reporters, and over nine hundred Peoples Temple members, including Layton's mother and countless friends, were dead."

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Images of War

By Julene Fischer

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Vietnam - the name that conjured up terror, indecision,and conflict. Here is the book showing us the soldiers and civilians, the dead and the living. Used as a syllabus in many colleges due to its illustrious photos and text.

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Images of Elvis Presley in American Culture, 1977-1997: The Mystery Terrain

By George Plasketes

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Pop culture writer George Plaskets speaks of the "mystery terrain" of American culture since Elvis Presley began his second career in 1977. Whether you think of him as the king or kitsch or why he has dominated our culture, this is the book for you. Included is a comprehensive bibliography, discography, filmography/videography.

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This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone

By Melissa Coleman

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"With urban farming and backyard chicken flocks becoming increasingly popular, Coleman has written this timely and honest portrait of her own childhood experience in Maine with her two homesteading parents during the turbulent 1970s. A luminous, evocative memoir that explores the hope and struggle behind one family's search for a self-sufficient life."

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Talkin' Baseball: An Oral History of Baseball in the 1970s

By Phil Pepe

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"It was a decade of heroes and upsets and dramatic freeze-frame moments. Never had the game been more exciting. Never did it change so radically. In this wonderful oral history, veteran sportswriter Phil Pepe brings one incredible baseball decade back to life in the words of the guys who played--and lived--the game."

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Fashions of a Decade. The 1970s

By Jacqueline Herald

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Looks at how the fashions of the 1970s reflected the social, historical and cultural events of that decade.

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Songs of the 70s

By Hal Leonard Publications, editors

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Forty-nine songs from the 70's with words and music included.

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America in the 1970s

By Marlee Richards

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Contents:
Nixon years : politics and policy in the early 1970s -- Uneasy postwar years : politics and policy in the late 1970s -- Can you dig it? science and technology in the 1970s -- Great roller-coaster ride : the 1970's economy -- Battle for equal rights : social change in the 1970s -- Write on : print media in the 1970s -- Experiments in creativity : art, design, and fashion in the 1970s -- Breaking the mold : stage and screen in the 1970s -- There's a riot goin' on : music in the 1970s -- Breakthroughs and tragedies : sports in the 1970s.

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The Long Road to Baghdad: A History of U.S. Foreign Policy from the 1970s to the Present

By Lloyd C. Gardner

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"Lloyd Gardner's sweeping and authoritative narrative places the Iraq War in the context of U.S. foreign policy since Vietnam, casting the conflict as a chapter in a much broader story-in sharp contrast to the host of recent accounts, which focus almost exclusively on the decisions (and deceptions) in the months leading up to the invasion."

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Ms. and the Material Girls: Perceptions of Women from the 1970s through the 1990s

By Catherine Gourley

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Contents:

Prologue: The women's strike for equality, August 26, 1970 -- Who took the "r" out of "Mrs."? -- Bionic women and real-life heroines -- From denial to indulgence : the body obsession -- The material world, or welcome to the 1980s -- Guerrilla girls and other militant females march into the 1990s -- Epilogue: The girl power revolution.

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