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From Elvis to Trump, Eyewitness to the Unraveling:

Co-Starring Richard Nixon, Andy Warhol, Bill Clinton, the Supremes, and Barack Obama

From “I Like Ike” to razor-wire and National Guard troops ringing the U.S. Capitol, from Carl Perkins’s “Blue Suede Shoes” to Brotha Lynch Hung’s “Meat Cleaver,” the United States has changed. Seven decades of material abundance and unprecedented technological advances have entwined with pronounced social and cultural fragmentation. What ― and who ― can explain this peculiar transformation of the land of the free and home of the brave? In From Elvis to Trump, Eyewitness to the Unraveling: Co-Starring Richard Nixon, Andy Warhol, Bill Clinton, the Supremes, and Barack Obama, Eric Rozenman takes readers on an often wry, but always substantive, journey through the past 65 years of American culture. The author provides first-hand accounts of key players and events. Presidents, prime ministers, dictators, rock stars, movie stars, survivors, protesters, and a Miss America all have their say. An FBI investigation of the author makes clear that those in charge didn’t know the half of it. Bob Hope and Shirley Temple Black, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel are among those who paint the era’s impressionistic portrait, by turns entertaining and tragic. Through a fast-moving series of vignettes, From Elvis to Trump highlights a nation and a time that concludes – brakes screeching before a STOP sign that was there all along – in unparalleled change and challenge.

Editorial Reviews

It is not often that a reminiscence is at once enjoyable and informative with no trace of self-importance. From Elvis to Trump is the odyssey of a Midwestern Jewish journalist committed to the inalienable right to root for his home team, savor Elvis, and not be lied to by the press. The wit is so natural, the style so delightful, the stories interesting on so many levels, both as personal vignettes and in historic context the profundity and seriousness of its message is almost obscured But only almost. Eric Rozenman has given us a truly remarkable montage.”

—Juliana Geran Pilon Senior Fellow Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization

In From Elvis to Trump, Eyewitness to the Unraveling, journalist Eric Rozenman shares astute observations on the evolution of American society and politics over the past 65 years in a witty, easy-to-read style. In part travelogue, part personal diary, Rozenman reflects on first-hand encounters with presidents, prime ministers and dictators, beauty queens and movie stars, grenades and Molotov cocktails. He brings history to life in the United States, Israel and Europe. From Elvis to Trump is an excellent read.”

— Donald L. Losman, Ph.D., Professorial Lecturer in International Relations, George Washington University, (ret.)

Eric Rozenman is irritated by the past 65 years of American history, the American Jewish community, Congress, several presidents, and countless other public figures. He turns that into a cogent picture of American politics and an eminently relatable trip through time from Vietnam to the 2020 presidential election. Even if—especially if—you didn’t live through those years, you will find a perspective shared by millions of Americans and better understand who we are as a people. A significant achievement; and fun.”

— Shoshana Bryen, Senior Director, Jewish Policy Center

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