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In 1957, America turned its back on its earlier self and jumped headlong into the nation it has become today. From Sputnik and the beginning of the space race to Little Richard and the underappreciated influence of rock n' roll in bringing Blacks and Whites closer together, to President Eisenhower's Interstate Highway Act, which forever changed the landscape, 1957 represents the year when all of the energy and anxiety that had followed the end of World War II exploded. 

In compelling stories from politics, pop culture, business, and the media, Eric Burns captures the excitement of a headspinning year and the lingering fallout that continues to resonate seven decades later. For baby boomers seeking to relive their formative years or listeners seeking a window into midcentury America, 1957 provides a must-listen tour through one of the most fascinating years in American history.

©2020 The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. (P)2020 Tantor
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A Very Well Read Easily Comprehend Rendition of A Good History

This audiobook is well read and mostly easily comprehended. There were times I adjusted the listening speed when the narrative was less intricate.

As far as the work itself, this is a case of the longer I listened the more I liked the audiobook. For me the story seemed to start slowly and I had already, and unfairly, classified the work as a "near miss"... Good, but only mildly interesting. However the longer I listened the better I felt about the work.

I ended up really enjoying the work. As an amateur history student, I already knew a certain amount of what this audiobook described. I know it to be accurate. What I was unfamiliar with, I looked did look up. The information I looked up also was consistent with this work.

I enjoyed this work and am glad that I listened to it. Thank You...

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I have a hard time listening to books in when the performer can't pronounce words properly. It also irks me when they try to animate the narrative by using cutesy voices and stereotypical accents.

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Boomer Heaven!

Great fast moving narrative, insightful and rich..narration is energetic, humorous, and engaging..this one's a keeper to be enjoyed over and over!