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By February 28th, 2018




Dead Serious and Lighthearted

– The Memorable Words of Modern America –

Volume I (1957-1976) (524 pages)

Volume II (1977-1993) (484 pages)

Volume III (1994-2015) (618 pages)

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These books introduce the history of Modern America in an entirely new way — without the tired stories, heavy words; without the litany of “isms” and “ologies.”

The Memorable Words, both the dead serious and the lighthearted, are carefully presented – the fascinating and frivolous, the tragic and momentous, the eloquent and bumbling; the touching and endearing – from Ike to Obama, from Lucy to Lady Gaga.

The Dead Serious and Lighthearted series is written without agenda, but it carefully identifies who said what and when and where – exactly. Its words can help us know our country and better remember who we are and from whence we came. Each entry is carefully placed into the context and explained as to its meaning — whether the basis for that placement is rooted in the words’ humor, passion, eloquence, prescience, wisdom, shock, evil, or even foolery.

The first volume, being released on March 27, 2018, presents the words from 1957 until 1976 – from American Bandstand to The Godfather, from Lucy to Charley’s Angels and Rocky’s call of “Yo Adrian!”; from the end of the Fifties through the wildness of the Sixties; from the ascendancy of the Civil Rights, feminist, and environmental movements through the tragedy of Vietnam and the disgrace of Watergate.

Volume II, being released in July, 2018, presents the Memorable Words of Modern America from 1977 until 1993. As with Volume I, each entry identifies the speaker or writer and is carefully placed into context and explained as to meaning. Once again, the memorable words from these years include the fascinating and frivolous, the tragic and momentous, the eloquent and bumbling.

From Star Wars’ “may the force be with you” to Nicholson’s “you can’t handle the truth;” from the lightness of Happy Days to the edginess of Roseanne; from the efforts of Carter to the rise of Reagan; from the Go-Go financial markets of the 1980s to the fall of Communism; from the emergence of modern conservatism to the impacts of globalism and technology.

Volume III, being released in October, 2018, the last of the three-volume Dead Serious and Lighthearted series presents the memorable words of Modern America from 1994 until 2015.

From Forrest Gump to 12 Years a Slave; from 9/11 to the Great Recession; from “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” to “Hands up! Don’t shoot;” from “Mission Accomplished” to “Hope is not a strategy;” from the “Contract with America” to “Drill, baby, drill”; from the impact of “Shock and Awe” to the reminder that “Politics ain’t beanbag” and, ultimately, to the rise of Trump(ism).

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Blog 73

February 28, 2018

By Mack W. Borgen

Santa Barbara, California

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