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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Dead Serious and Lighthearted: The Memorable Words of Modern America by Mack W. Borgen is the first in a series that presents, without bias, the words that portrayed the feeling of the American people at a specific point in time with some words even playing the role of shaping the nation. As Borgen notes, there is a direct correlation between the sense of community with the knowledge and understanding of the community’s history. His main goal is to foster a sense of national unity and togetherness by inspiring the knowledge of history. From movie lines, book titles, campaign slogans and chants, to fascinating words from memorable people, Dead Serious and Lighthearted Volume 1 teaches the history of modern America from 1957-1976 in a captivating way.
This keenly selected and presented collection of various spoken or written words provides a unique and fun way of learning America’s history. Mack W. Borgen permits the interpretation of the meaning of the words by observing impartiality in his writing. The words are also allowed to stand by themselves without unnecessary descriptions that are known to quickly bog down everyday readers. Another great aspect of Dead Serious and Lighthearted is that the book includes aspects of history from diverse fields and events such as social movements, literature, politics or entertainment. Mack W. Borgen does not restrict his scope such as to present only the words that shaped a specific sphere. The words contained span multiple societal foundations. With the persistent gaps that exist in the teaching of history, Dead Serious and Lighthearted will go a long way in bridging these variations through its ability to inform and captivate.