. . . the clear message of  is that the center wasn’t holding. The Western escapism on TV (Gunsmoke) and re-litigation of World War II glories in theaters (The Bridge on the River Kwai) belied emerging ideological fault lines that would widen in the coming decades.Ingeniously, Burns connects chapters about Billy Graham’s 97-day run at New York stadiums with the publication of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, twin milestones for evangelicals and libertarians. . . . Burns’s casual look beneath the surface reveals a host of disintegrations and delayed reckonings, ones that have lasted to this day.
A densely written, fact-packed account of a pivotal period in U.S. history.
4.5/5 Stars. 1957 offers a candid view of an eventful year in a decade of ups and downs. From mad bombers to mad hatters, the book maintains a consistency of captivating chapters . . . The past is reanimated with a passionate fervor for the masses to enjoy.
Eric Burns’ fast-paced cultural history spotlights 1957 – a pivotal year in Eisenhower’s America. Burns connects the dots to show how Sputnik, the Little Rock Nine, the McClellan Committee, Jack Kerouac, Billy Graham, Walter O’Malley, West Side Story, the ‘57 Chevy, rock & roll, and more helped shape modern America.
What the critics are saying about Eric Burns
Someone to Watch Over Me: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Tortured Father Who Shaped Her Life
“Burns’s work is captivating, suspenseful, and heartbreaking; this is how biographies should be written.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
1920: The Year That Made the Decade Roar
“One of the best nonfiction books of 2015.”
The Smoke of the Gods: A Social History of Tobacco
“Best of the Best, 2007.”
American Library Association
The Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol
“Best of the Best, 2004.”
Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism
“[A] work of genuine historical research, colorful personality, intellectual sophistication, heft, and durable interest.”
James Wolcott, Vanity Fair
Broadcast Blues: Dispatches from the Twenty-Year War Between a
Television Reporter and His Medium
“Eric Burns is a man of wit, style, and integrity. So what was he doing in television news? Broadcast Blues tells his story hilariously, poignantly, deftly.”