The Clothes Have No Emperor: A Chronicle of the American 80s by Paul SlanskyThis book thoroughly answers the question: Were the Reagan years really as awful as many people believe? The answer, it turns out, is no. They were far, far worse.
Published in 1989 (and therefore without intervening years to romanticize and deify our most inept president) this book is a scathing indictment of not only Reagan but also the media that largely allowed him to emerge unscathed. Teflon, indeed. When things really start to unravel in 1987 (remember Ed Meese? or, oh yes, the Iran-Contra Affair?) it seems like theres no way that the American public could possibly elect a Republican like George Bush the elder. But Slansky expertly shows how, with the help of Michael Dukakis, the Democrats managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
The book also documents pop culture and a few of the things that went right in the 80s (mainly Bruce Springsteen). Its an enormously enjoyable read, especially for those of us who kind of lived through that decade but didnt know what the hell was going on.
What Happened in 1980?
The s pronounced "nineteen-eighties", shortened to "the ' 80s " was a decade of the Gregorian calendar that began on January 1, , and ended on December 31, The decade was great socioeconomic change due to advances in technology and a worldwide move away from planned economies and towards laissez-faire capitalism. As economic deconstruction increased in the developed world, multiple multinational corporations associated with the manufacturing industry relocated into Thailand , Mexico , South Korea , Taiwan , and China. Japan and West Germany saw large economic growth during this decade. The AIDS epidemic became recognized in the s and has since killed an estimated 39 million people as of [update].
A lot happened during the s—too much to remember, really. Americans flocked to video arcades when Pac-Mac debuted in October.
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