Fifties & Sixties:
A Lifestyle Revolution

By Miriam Akhtar & Steve Humphries
May 2001
ISBN: 0-7522-6191-6
192 pages, Illustrated, 7 3/4 x 10"
$33.50 Paper Original

This is a beautifully illustrated book that provides a fresh and original perspective on the 1950s and '60s. It uses the intimate stories of those who lived through these momentous decades to reveal how our way of life was transformed, and explores the path from rationing rock 'n' roll, military service to the mini-skirt, and the age of austerity to the Swinging Sixties. It reveals how post war prosperity brought new homes, mod cons, more adventurous food and drink, motoring for the masses, daring new fashions, the Pill, the sexual revolution, pop music and the rise of teenage generation.

While there were social problems during these two decades - such as inner-city poverty, racial tensions and a rise in the numbers of teenage mothers - the majority enjoyed a huge improvement in their quality of life. Drawing from interviews from the ITV series The Fifties and the Sixties and written by producers Miriam Akhtar and Steve Humphries, this book is illustrated with over a hundred photographs, and includes contemporary advertisements and images of products from the time. It's a book that provides a fascinating and colorful insight into an era that changed people's lifestyles for ever.

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