Virtual | Book Launch: Meltdown Expected with Aaron J. Leonard

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Join us for the virtual launch of Meltdown Expected with Aaron J. Leonard! 

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Meltdown Expected: Crisis, Disorder, and Upheaval at the end of the 1970s
In January 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that “There is all across our land a growing sense of peace and a sense of common purpose.” Yet in the ensuing months, a series of crises disturbed that fragile sense of peace, ultimately setting the stage for Reagan’s decisive victory in 1980 and ushering in the final phase of the Cold War. 
Meltdown Expected tells the story of the power shifts from late 1978 through 1979 whose repercussions are still being felt. Iran’s revolution led to a hostage crisis while neighbouring Afghanistan became the site of a proxy war between the USSR and the US, who supplied aid to Islamic mujahideen fighters that would later form the Taliban. Meanwhile, as tragedies like the Jonestown mass suicide and the assassination of Harvey Milk captured the nation’s attention, the government quietly reasserted and expanded the FBI’s intelligence powers. Drawing from recently declassified government documents and covering everything from Three Mile Island to the rise of punk rock, Aaron J. Leonard paints a vivid portrait of a tumultuous yet pivotal time in American history. 

AARON J. LEONARD writes about the history of radicalism and state repression in twentieth-century America. He is the author of Heavy Radicals: The FBI’s Secret War on America’s MaoistsThe Folk Singers & the Bureau, and Whole World in an Uproar: Music, Rebellion & Repression 1955-1972. He lives in southern California.

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Meltdown Expected: Crisis, Disorder, and Upheaval at the end of the 1970s By Aaron J. Leonard Cover Image
ISBN: 9781978836464
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rutgers University Press - May 17th, 2024

Whole World in an Uproar: Music, Rebellion and Repression – 1955-1972 By Aaron Leonard Cover Image
ISBN: 9781914420924
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Published: Repeater - February 14th, 2023

SKU: x672389