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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

A Memoir

By Bill Bryson

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
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  • Hardcover: Oct 2006,
    288 pages.
    Paperback: Sep 2007,
    224 pages.

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A great, fun read, especially for Baby Boomers nostalgic for the good old days. Memoir

Part memoir, part social history, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid is a hoot. Bryson describes his idyllic childhood growing up in the middle of the USA, in the middle of the last century, in the middle of the baby boom years - a time of unprecedented prosperity for the country as a whole, quite different to the depression-era experiences of the previous generation; but it's not all rose-tinted glasses - the threat of nuclear war, Joe McCarthy, and America flexing its muscles overseas all come into the picture.

I found The Life and Times fascinating, even though I wasn't alive in the 50s and didn't grow up in the USA. In fact, perhaps I found it particularly fascinating because of these two factors. Whether you grew up in the 50s and are looking to re-live times past, or are interested in a fun social history that will elucidate a generation, this ...


Coming Soon: Shakespeare: The World's A Stage by Bill Bryson (November 2007).

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