Strange Rebels

Strange Rebels

1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century

Book - 2013
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After World War II, a secular, progressive consensus defined the international order. That changed in 1979, when a series of counterrevolutions swept the globe, blazing a path for a new era. China launched reforms that would make it the economic powerhouse it is today. Pope John Paul II traveled to Poland, challenging communism in Eastern Europe by reigniting its people's suppressed Catholic faith. An Islamic revolution transformed Iran into a theocracy almost overnight, while the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan gave rise to that country's mujahedin resistance, the precursor to al-Qaeda. Margaret Thatcher became prime minister, returning Britain to a purer form of free-market capitalism-and inspiring Ronald Reagan to do the same. Weaving these stories into a brisk and gripping narrative, award-winning journalist Christian Caryl's Strange Rebels offers a groundbreaking explanation of the year that set the course for the twenty-first century.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group ; [2013]
ISBN: 9780465018383
0465018386
Branch Call Number: 909.827 C259s
Characteristics: xv, 407 pages ; 25 cm

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rsmbarlow Dec 06, 2014

This is a fantastic book! It's packed with detail but is an easy read. Caryl brings in all the threads to explain how events unfolded, and their continued impact today. I was 11 in 1979 so much of this passed by me unnoticed. This book has been a great chance to catch-up!

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