Reviewed by Allen Hott
Probably should be titled Living in the 50’s. Bryson has put together an autobiography or part of one as he relates many of the happenings in the 1950s. Most of these happenings occur to him, his fictional self (Thunderbolt Kid), family, and friends.
However he does sprinkle in a goodly assortment of the items that were popular at the time. He mentions many of the songs that were popular and the top movies of the era. And he brings in many of the things that were happening in the world not only in Des Moines where he lived but also places like Cuba and Russia.
As a matter of fact he pretty well catches the mood of most Americans at the time of the Cuban missile crisis. He also gives a pretty good insight to the launch of Sputnik by the Russians and how America and especially the American government responded by hurrying up our own missile program.