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The '90s: The Last Great Decade?



The '90s: The Last Great Decade? revisits the decade through "inside out" storytelling and analysis via 120 original interviews—from unsung heroes behind the decade's most riveting stories to the biggest names in politics, tech, movies and music. They reveal a decade of highs and lows: Bill Clinton swept into office on the promise of change; we all made new "Friends"; the LA Riots kept us glued to our TVs; Nirvana gave Generation X a voice but everyone danced the Macarena; and "The Real World" and Jerry Springer changed the television programming landscape. With a star-studded cast of actors, eyewitnesses, politicians and celebrity interviewees, The '90s tells the story of 10 years before boom turned into bust; 10 years when the Web was wide open; 10 years before global terror hit hard.



Actor Matthew Perry pictured in September 1995, surrounded by fans and parrazzi.  Photograph by Alan Light 

What Did The 1990s Mean?

What can we say about the '90s? A decade that eludes the easy characterizations of its predecessors, the 1990s were filled with incongruous motifs, without a single theme to tie them together.


X/Y Generations

Your Generation Is Showing

How you think about the '90s says a lot about your age. Author Cathy Alter explores how Gen Xers and Gen Yers view the '90s--and how the generational divide manifests itself in their recollections.