writes in his Times review.

“There too often is a blind spot in which the positives of this era — soaring college enrollments, record book sales, judicial blows against racial injustice, a declining wealth gap — are viewed as tangential to the narrative, or worse, as cover for the nation’s many ills,” Oshinsky writes. The book “sparkles,” he says, because it explains how American culture ascended during the 1950s and 1960s.

recently profiled Menand.)

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