Press: These Are the Good Old Days

A new book looks at that tumultuous decade, the 1980s

The Great Wall of China attracted record crowds during a coast-to-coast tour of the U.S. On a "mission of mercy" to Chad, est Founder Werner Erhard urged natives to "take responsibility for your own starvation" and was promptly eaten. Alarmed at declining election turnouts, the Administration offered free toasters to anyone who voted. Congress made 1984 the Year of the Total Recall when it ordered the return of everything manufactured in 1983.

If this sounds like the kind of smart-alecky prognostication one might hear on a slow night at Elaine's — well, it...

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