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The Nineties

Written by: Chuck Klosterman
Narrated by: Chuck Klosterman, Dion Graham
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An instant New York Times bestseller!

“Informative, endlessly entertaining.”—
BuzzFeed

“Generation X’s definitive chronicler of culture.”—
GQ

From the author of
But What If We’re Wrong comes an insightful, funny reckoning with a pivotal decade

It was long ago, but not as long as it seems: The Berlin Wall fell and the Twin Towers collapsed. In between, one presidential election was allegedly decided by Ross Perot while another was plausibly decided by Ralph Nader. Landlines fell to cell phones, the internet exploded, and pop culture accelerated without the aid of technology that remembered everything. It was the last era with a real mainstream to either identify with or oppose. The ’90s brought about a revolution in the human condition, and a shift in consciousness, that we’re still struggling to understand. Happily, Chuck Klosterman is more than up to the job.

In The Nineties, Klosterman dissects the film, the music, the sports, the TV, the pre-9/11 politics, the changes regarding race and class and sexuality, the yin/yang of Oprah and Alan Greenspan, and (almost) everything else. The result is a multidimensional masterpiece, a work of synthesis so smart and delightful that future historians might well refer to this entire period as Klostermanian.

©2022 Chuck Klosterman (P)2022 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“In The Nineties, Klosterman examines the social, political and cultural history of the era with his signature wit. It’s a fascinating trip down memory lane.” Time

“Always an astute cultural observer and a fan of deep dives into any subject, Klosterman is focused here on a decade in American life that he says is often portrayed as ‘a low-risk grunge cartoon’ . . . Klosterman’s gift is seizing on those moments that any Gen Xer can readily recall and pulling the strings a bit to put it in some kind of historical perspective.” —Associated Press

“Serving up the moments and meanings of a modern decade in a few hundred pages is no easy task, but Chuck Klosterman has managed to boil a hearty stew of insight. . . . [Klosterman is] a master of smooth setups and downbeat finishes.” USA Today

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I liked it

As a child of the 90s I loved it. It's very wordy and long but the author has a rather unusual voice and a cadence that helps it flow. It does go heavy on American politics, especially near the end.

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flashback

a fascinating recount of seminal events, recontectualized for our 21st century brains. great performance as well.

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Felt like an ode to Gen X

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad book. But for a book titled nineties it felt very much like a description of why life was better when gen x was growing up. Not exactly what I was picturing based on the description.

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insightful

Great content for the audiobook format. Thoughtful social and political analyses on the 90's are blended with pop cultural anecdotes and observations in Klosterman's insightful and often hilarious signature style. His opening paragraphs that funnel into the pith of each chapter are somewhat annoying and pedantic - my only mark against.

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Very USA

Fun book to listen to, with lots of interesting analysis of events from 25-30 years ago. Just don’t expect anything other than USA-centric stories.

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Great book, terrible narrator

It’s good to have the author read the book…usually. But this guys voice is like nails on a chalkboard. Excellent book but more thought should have been given to an alternate narrator

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Fun & nostalgic

Klosterman puts together an engaging narrative of what we loved and hated while growing up in the 90’s. Great listen!

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  • 2022-05-26

Remember when . . .

You were where?
Makes you remember how significant the nineties were;; how many of today’s opinions and/or places
in today’s culture have their roots back in that decade.

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Excellent yet obviously USA, male, Gen Xer-centric

A great review of an incredible decade with some beautiful writing and turns of phrase. The Ross Perot section was a bit too exhaustive and overall it's very US-centric (the 90s happened other places too, Chuck!). Very clearly a view of the decade through an American Gen X male perspective but Klosterman does a good job disclosing his stance from which he writes at the beginning so I can't fault him for it. Was waiting for the release of this book for a while and it was worth the wait!

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blew my mind

I was born in 1990 a reading this book a lot of concepts that I just assumed that always existed they had to learn how they came to be for anybody who grew up in the 90s this is a must-read book to understand how our world is falling apart

f*** I'd rather be there now than stuck in 2022

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