The Best of Times: Motifs from Postwar America—Reflections on Nostalgia

3 avg rating
( 2 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781504963145: The Best of Times: Motifs from Postwar America—Reflections on Nostalgia
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Old-time radio, the folk revival, the golden age of science fiction, steam railroads, baseball, the Western, and other genres color our images of the 1950s. But contrary to the countercultural myth that America during this period was a sterile, soulless society, culturally and intellectually empty, it was an introspective era of innovation and creativity, the seedtime of the sixties, the harbinger of which was the urban folk revival. The Best of Times presents a collection of essays, each followed by a related memoir, focusing on postwar popular culture, exploring topics that mark the era but are also nostalgic in themselves-the comforting continuity of long-running radio shows, train whistles that brought the sweet sorrow of distance to small-town nights, lazy summers of baseball, endless stretches of unknown lands to the West that once compelled the imagination, the heroes and vagabonds of folksong who roamed a simpler world, and dreams of alien civilizations on neighboring planets, deepened by the dawning reality of spaceflight. These pieces balance personal, cultural, and mythic nostalgia, recalling author Wyn Wachhorst's youth, the postwar era, and its dreams of a fabled West or Norman Rockwell's small-town America. Blending history, memoir, imagery, and analysis, this collection of essays offers poetic reflections on the nature of nostalgia and postwar America.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Growing up in America in the forties and fifties, Wyn Wachhorst lived the topics of these essays. He performed in the urban folk music revival, was part of the duck-and-cover generation, and came of age in a time before television eclipsed radio, football superseded baseball, and crime shows replaced Westerns, a time before the reality of spaceflight displaced the wonders of science fiction and the romance of the railroad receded into history. His book, The Dream of Spaceflight: Essays on the Near Edge of Infinity (Basic Books), was on the science bestseller lists of Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Thomas Alva Edison: An American Myth (MIT Press) was a history book club selection, picked by Choice as an outstanding book of the year, and reviewed favorably in Newsweek, Discover, Smithsonian, Science, the New York Times, London Sunday Times, and some three dozen other publications. His fifty-five articles and essays have appeared in the Yale Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, Southwest Review, San Francisco magazine, Narrative magazine, Endless Vacation, Mechanical Engineering, Isis, Extrapolation, Explorers' Journal, Planetary Report, the Journal of American History, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle and in anthologies. Three of his essays were noted in Best American Essays, and one recently won the McGinnis-Ritchie Prize for best essay of the year. He writes speeches and articles for Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin and was asked by NASA's Decade Planning Team to write the new NASA myth, an inspirational long-term mission statement. Wachhorst received his Ph.D. in American history from Stanford and taught history and American studies at Stanford, the University of California Santa Cruz, and San Jose State. He resides with his wife in Atherton, California.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Wachhorst, Wyn
Published by Authorhouse (2016)
ISBN 10: 1504963148 ISBN 13: 9781504963145
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Authorhouse, 2016. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9781504963145

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.60
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Wyn Wachhorst
Published by AUTHORHOUSE (2016)
ISBN 10: 1504963148 ISBN 13: 9781504963145
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description AUTHORHOUSE, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Old-time radio, the folk revival, the golden age of science fiction, steam railroads, baseball, the Western, and other genres color our images of the 1950s. But contrary to the countercultural myth that America during this period was a sterile, soulless society, culturally and intellectually empty, it was an introspective era of innovation and creativity, the seedtime of the sixties, the harbinger of which was the urban folk revival. The Best of Times presents a collection of essays, each followed by a related memoir, focusing on postwar popular culture, exploring topics that mark the era but are also nostalgic in themselves-the comforting continuity of long-running radio shows, train whistles that brought the sweet sorrow of distance to small-town nights, lazy summers of baseball, endless stretches of unknown lands to the West that once compelled the imagination, the heroes and vagabonds of folksong who roamed a simpler world, and dreams of alien civilizations on neighboring planets, deepened by the dawning reality of spaceflight. These pieces balance personal, cultural, and mythic nostalgia, recalling author Wyn Wachhorst s youth, the postwar era, and its dreams of a fabled West or Norman Rockwell s small-town America. Blending history, memoir, imagery, and analysis, this collection of essays offers poetic reflections on the nature of nostalgia and postwar America. Seller Inventory # AAV9781504963145

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Wyn Wachhorst
Published by AUTHORHOUSE (2016)
ISBN 10: 1504963148 ISBN 13: 9781504963145
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description AUTHORHOUSE, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.Old-time radio, the folk revival, the golden age of science fiction, steam railroads, baseball, the Western, and other genres color our images of the 1950s. But contrary to the countercultural myth that America during this period was a sterile, soulless society, culturally and intellectually empty, it was an introspective era of innovation and creativity, the seedtime of the sixties, the harbinger of which was the urban folk revival. The Best of Times presents a collection of essays, each followed by a related memoir, focusing on postwar popular culture, exploring topics that mark the era but are also nostalgic in themselves-the comforting continuity of long-running radio shows, train whistles that brought the sweet sorrow of distance to small-town nights, lazy summers of baseball, endless stretches of unknown lands to the West that once compelled the imagination, the heroes and vagabonds of folksong who roamed a simpler world, and dreams of alien civilizations on neighboring planets, deepened by the dawning reality of spaceflight. These pieces balance personal, cultural, and mythic nostalgia, recalling author Wyn Wachhorst s youth, the postwar era, and its dreams of a fabled West or Norman Rockwell s small-town America. Blending history, memoir, imagery, and analysis, this collection of essays offers poetic reflections on the nature of nostalgia and postwar America. Seller Inventory # AAV9781504963145

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.55
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Wachhorst, Wyn
Published by Authorhouse 1/6/2016 (2016)
ISBN 10: 1504963148 ISBN 13: 9781504963145
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Authorhouse 1/6/2016, 2016. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. The Best of Times: Motifs from Postwar America-Reflections on Nostalgia. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9781504963145

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.33
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Wachhorst, Wyn
Published by AuthorHouse (2018)
ISBN 10: 1504963148 ISBN 13: 9781504963145
New Paperback Quantity Available: 16
Print on Demand
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description AuthorHouse, 2018. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # 1504963148

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.60
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Wyn Wachhorst
ISBN 10: 1504963148 ISBN 13: 9781504963145
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
ReadWhiz
(Portland, OR, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # ria9781504963145_ing

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.27
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Wyn Wachhorst
Published by AUTHORHOUSE (2016)
ISBN 10: 1504963148 ISBN 13: 9781504963145
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description AUTHORHOUSE, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. Old-time radio, the folk revival, the golden age of science fiction, steam railroads, baseball, the Western, and other genres color our images of the 1950s. But contrary to the countercultural myth that America during this period was a sterile, soulless society, culturally and intellectually empty, it was an introspective era of innovation and creativity, the seedtime of the sixties, the harbinger of which was the urban folk revival. The Best of Times presents a collection of essays, each followed by a related memoir, focusing on postwar popular culture, exploring topics that mark the era but are also nostalgic in themselves-the comforting continuity of long-running radio shows, train whistles that brought the sweet sorrow of distance to small-town nights, lazy summers of baseball, endless stretches of unknown lands to the West that once compelled the imagination, the heroes and vagabonds of folksong who roamed a simpler world, and dreams of alien civilizations on neighboring planets, deepened by the dawning reality of spaceflight. These pieces balance personal, cultural, and mythic nostalgia, recalling author Wyn Wachhorst s youth, the postwar era, and its dreams of a fabled West or Norman Rockwell s small-town America. Blending history, memoir, imagery, and analysis, this collection of essays offers poetic reflections on the nature of nostalgia and postwar America. Seller Inventory # LIE9781504963145

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.74
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Wachhorst, Wyn
Published by AuthorHouse (2016)
ISBN 10: 1504963148 ISBN 13: 9781504963145
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description AuthorHouse, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Seller Inventory # ria9781504963145_lsuk

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.20
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Wyn Wachhorst
Published by AuthorHouse (2016)
ISBN 10: 1504963148 ISBN 13: 9781504963145
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description AuthorHouse, 2016. Condition: New. This item is printed on demand for shipment within 3 working days. Seller Inventory # GM9781504963145

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.52
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Wachhorst, Wyn
Published by Authorhouse (2016)
ISBN 10: 1504963148 ISBN 13: 9781504963145
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Authorhouse, 2016. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 4 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # LQ-9781504963145

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.43
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 12.13
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book