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David Hoppe has a new book.
A memoir and family saga, Midcentury Boy is also a cultural and social meditation on post World War II America, told from a boy’s point of view. It was an era of unprecedented middle class prosperity and suburban growth that President John F. Kennedy called a “New Frontier.”
Here's what other writers say:
"Part memoir, part cultural and historical criticism, Hoppe's book should be required reading for anyone wanting to understand suburbia in mid 20th century America. Midcentury Boy sheds a unique light on a world trying to put the trauma of two world wars behind it while enacting public policies that favored, for a brief time, the building of a strong middle class. This is a wise and insightful book, with lessons for our new American century."
"David Hoppe's Midcentury Boy is an essential, insightful book, a singular look at the dawn of a generation that would later be burdened with the label White Privilege. In a riveting documentary style he captures an elusive and short-lived period, one steeped in nostalgia and, for many, a delusional signpost for a time when America was GREAT. Hoppe reveals itsunderbelly, its many contradictions, before the make-believe world of placid uniformity was shattered forever."
"You surely know what the great sportswriter Red Smith said about writing, that it was easy, that all you did was open a vein and bleed. You bleed real good, and your heart is where the blood comes from. If you ever wonder what in hell you think you're doing with your life, let me remind you that you are telling people as reasonable and humane as yourself what they desperately need to hear, that others feel as they do." -- Kurt Vonnegut
Available for freelance writing and editing assignments; and consulting with commercial and nonprofit cultural organizations. Resume and references available upon request.