• Title: The Mindset Lists of American History: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think Is Normal
  • Author: Tom McBride, Ron Nief
  • Released: 2011-07-05
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 272
  • ISBN: 0470876239
  • ISBN13: 978-0470876237
  • ASIN: 0470876239
From the Back Cover

** From the creators of the Mindset List **

Snapshots of the last nine generations and the one just born

"The Mindset Lists of American History is a wonderfully entertaining, irreverent, and insightful look at the way each American generation creates its own history—and how quickly the next one plows it over.McBride and Nief should be hailed as America's cultural timekeepers."—Jim Simon, Seattle Times

Just as high school graduates in 1957 couldn't imagine life without zippers, those of today can't imagine having to enter phone booths and deposit coins in order to call someone from the street corner. Every August, the Mindset List highlights the cultural touchstones that have shaped the lives of that year's incoming college class. Now this fascinating book extends the Mindset List approach to dramatize what it was like to grow up for every American generation since 1880, showcasing the remarkable changes in what Americans have considered "normal" about the world around them and showing how quickly and dramatically what is normal can change.

"Indispensable! The list has become one of thehighlights of the year in our newsroom. It's excellent atteaching us history—and making us feel really old."—Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News

About the Author TOM McBRIDE is a professor of English and Keefer Professor of Humanities at Beloit College, where he was also the longtime director of the first-year students' program. RON NIEF is the former public affairs director of Beloit College who developed the Mindset List in 1998.

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