By W. Joseph Campbell
A hinge second in contemporary American background, 1995 used to be an excellent yr. Drawing on interviews, oral histories, memoirs, archival collections, and information experiences, W. Joseph Campbell offers a shiny, detail-rich portrait of these memorable 365 days. This ebook bargains clean interpretations of the decisive moments of 1995, together with the emergence of the net and the area large net in mainstream American lifestyles; the bombing at Oklahoma urban, the deadliest assault of family terrorism in U.S. historical past; the sensational “Trial of the Century,” at which O.J. Simpson confronted fees of double homicide; the U.S.-brokered negotiations at Dayton, Ohio, which ended the Bosnian warfare, Europe’s so much vicious clash because the Nazi period; and the 1st encounters on the White apartment among invoice Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, a liaison that culminated in a beautiful scandal and the spectacle of the president’s impeachment and trial. As Campbell demonstrates during this soaking up chronicle, 1995 was once a yr of notable occasions, a watershed on the flip of the millennium. the consequences of that pivotal 12 months reverberate nonetheless, marking the shut of 1 century and the dawning of one other.
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12 The disorder wrought by war went still deeper to the basic structure of the international order. For a century Great Britain had been the center of world finance and had provided nations a system of trade through its currency, its navy, its mercantile fleet, and its enforcement of international law. But Great Britain and its European allies were physically and financially exhausted from a war that proved for them a Pyrrhic victory. The British no longer had the power or the will to rule the waves or even (as the old joke went) to waive the rules.
Hunger stalked the war-ravaged regions of Europe, but its effects were mild compared to those of disease. Dur- America the Bountiful 23 ing 1918 and 1919 a pandemic of influenza, the worst ever known, killed an estimated 21 million people, including 675,000 Americans, in only a few months. 11 The old world had died, and the new one struggling to be born bore little resemblance to it. The war had lasted 1,563 days, taken the lives of 10 million soldiers, wounded 20 million others, and squandered more than $300 billion of the world's resources.
22 Some ordinary citizens reached new heights and headlines on a more modest scale. Of all the fads that raced across the nation like the flu during the 1920s, none was more bizarre than the epidemic of flagpole sitting. The primary spreader of the virus was Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly, whose nickname echoed his past as both sailor and untalented boxer. After perching atop a Hollywood flagpole for 13 hours and 13 minutes in 1924 and receiving more attention than he had ever dreamed of, Kelly discovered his mission in life.