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I’m excited about a couple of upcoming movies that address issues of import in the 1970s.

One is The Company You Keep, a film about a former 1970s radical who is living underground. Then his way of life is threatened and he goes on the run. The movie stars Robert Redford, Shia LeBeouf, and Susan Sarandon and is based on The Weather Underground movement.

The other movie is Argo, starring Ben Affleck. This story is set during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979.  Affleck plays a CIA agent who puts together an elaborate plot to rescue Americans who are held hostage.

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The fact that these movies have been made suggests that the public is still intrigued by the drama of the 1970s. I hope this bodes well for another book I’m working on, which is about the Symbionese Liberation Army and one of its least-known members, Minnesota native Camilla Hall. I’ve done a lot of research on the 1970s and I still contend it was one of America’s strangest and most bizarre decades. You want drama and narrative and compelling action? Look no further than the 1970s. I was alive during part of the 1970s but too young to remember much. I’m eager to hear from people who  remember the 1970s well. Was it really as bizarre as I think it was?

A couple of other great resources on the 1970s: