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.