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Book Review: 1980: America’s Pivotal Year

1980: America's Pivotal Year1980: America’s Pivotal Year by Jim Cullen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I had trouble getting into the groove of this book, as I kept waiting for that light-bulb moment when I would be convinced that 1980 was a pivotal year. Sadly, it felt like the author was rummaging around for information to make his case, and that illuminating moment never arrived.

However – I found the book to be mildly and pleasantly nostalgic, since in 1980 I was nearing a turning point of my own. I would soon commit to marriage after a wild ride of hedonistic freedom that carried me through most of the 1970s. I enjoyed being reminded of various events, personalities and forms of entertainment that were a big deal at the time.

My thanks to the author, Rutgers University Press, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital advance review copy of this book. This review is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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