In this volume, Nora Sayre explores the USA's transformation during the 1960s and 70s. She examines the landscapes of the era: student strikes at Harvard and Yale; anti-war veterans; John Birchers; Timothy Leary; Yippies and Aquarians; utopias gone wrong; George McGovern; Spiro Agnew; Richard Nixon; George Wallace; black anger at Watts; the media at work; policemen in college; off-off Broadway; the 1972 Democratic and Republican Conventions; and the rebirth of feminism. This book was nominated for the 1974 National Book Award.
Nora Sayre, a former film critic for the New York Times, was the New York correspondent for the New Statesman from 1965 to 1970. Her articles, essays and reviews have also appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Progressive, and The Nation. She teaches at Columbia University and is the author of Running Time: Films of the Cold War and Previous Convictions: A Journey through the 1950s (forthcoming, Rutgers University Press).