David Sirota is a journalist, nationally syndicated weekly newspaper columnist, and radio host. His weekly column is based at" The Denver Post, San Francisco Chronicle, " Portland "Oregonian," and "The Seattle Times" and now appears in newspapers with a combined daily circulation of more than 1.6 million readers. He has contributed to "The New York Times Magazine" and "The Nation" and hosts an award-winning daily talk show on Denver s Clear Channel affiliate, KKZN-AM760. He is a senior editor at "In These Times" magazine and a Huffington Post contributor and appears periodically on CNN, "The Colbert Report, " PBS, and NPR. He received a degree in journalism and political science from Northwestern University s Medill School of Journalism. He lives in Denver with his wife, Emily, and their dog, Monty."
"Sirota makes a compelling case that 1980s culture and politics have an outsized influence on how we think now. To build his case, he apparently hacked my brain and downloaded my entire age-7-to-age-17 cultural intake. From Rerun Stubbs on What's Happening to the Missile Command videogame, the roots of how we think now are there. Scary. Wildly entertaining -- and scary." Rachel Maddow, host" The Rachel Maddow Show""I went into" Back to Our Future" thinking that I had grown up in an era of endearingly mindless pop-culture entertainments, and came out of it convinced that from my childhood on I had been fed an almost endless stream of ruthless mind-bending propaganda of a sort that would have made the Soviets sick with jealousy. David's book is simultaneously hilarious and horrifying. The part that freaked me out was how at the end of reading this thing you feel (and here I'm using a metaphor pertinent to the subject matter) like Sean Young's replicant character in Blade Runner, sick to discover that the harmless memories you thought were your own were actually planted there by some sick committee of totalitarian bureaucrats. You'll never think of Mr. T the same way. " Matt Taibbi," " author of" Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America" An irreverent, astute and provocative look at the ways in which the culture of the Me decade shaped three decades of me first politics. People may think we live in the age of Reagan, but really it's the age ofAlex P Keaton. Christopher Hayes, editor of" The Nation""Max Headroom, Ferris Bueler and Alex Keaton... Self centered capitalistic narcissists or fun pop culture icons? David Sirota cracks this mystery. Well not really a mystery.... Just read the book." Adam McKay, director and writer of" Anchorman""