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April 3, 1967

The Social Scene

JAMA. 1967;200(1):48-50. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120140106019

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The past 25 years have witnessed a mammoth cultural transformation. This interval takes us from the tail end of the Great Depression, through the most destructive war in world history, into the atomic age. It also took us from an economy of scarcity to one of abundance, and this passage has affected social outlooks and virtually every phase of human activity. Mr. John Brooks, restricting himself to the American scene, presents the "before" and "after," contrasting the way of life a generation ago with the present modalities (The Great Leap [New York: Harper & Row, 1966], $6.95). He peers into our economic and social life, our cultural, educational, and political values, examines the impact of science on our life, considers art, business, urban problems, mass entertainment, race relations, and political alignments.

For those who have experienced these changes, the author brings back a picture of the times through which we