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Blue Sky Dream a Memoir of America's Fall from Grace

by David Beers

  • ISBN: 9780156005319
  • ISBN10: 015600531X

Blue Sky Dream a Memoir of America's Fall from Grace

by David Beers

  • List Price: $21.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc
  • Publish date: 10/01/1997
  • ISBN: 9780156005319
  • ISBN10: 015600531X
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Description: When David Beers was growing up in California in the 1960s, life was full of sunshine, the middle class was at its zenith, and the future seemed limitless. And then one day the ever-optimistic middle class awoke to find the American Dream gone.

In the late 1950s the G.I. bill, government loans, and massive spending on aerospace, computers, and university research created an entirely new group of citizens: "the blue sky tribe". They lived in sunny planned suburbs, were employed for life, and trusted in their corporation and their government. It was a society based on faith, with a heady veneer of sleek space-age modernism. Yet, that faith could not survive the post-Cold War world. As hard economic realities set in, everything was suddenly different.

Based on his essay "The Crash of Blue Sky California", for which he won the National Magazine Award when it appeared in Harper's, these are the issues defining our times: downsizing, middle-class anxiety, anger with the government. He paints a dazzling picture of the America we thought we knew, and the promises we thought we deserved.

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