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Blue Sky Dream: A Memoir of America's Fall From Grace David Beers' father was an engineer at Lockheed in the late 1950s, and the story of his evolution from dazzled young Dad to disillusioned retiree is,...Blue Sky Dream: A Memoir of America's Fall From GraceMemoir David Beers' father was an engineer at Lockheed in the late 1950s, and the story of his evolution from dazzled young Dad to disillusioned retiree is,...1996-10-11
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David Beers’ father was an engineer at Lockheed in the late 1950s, and the story of his evolution from dazzled young Dad to disillusioned retiree is, the author postulates, also the story of his own generation. Promised the world in his 20s, Beers’ father found himself an anachronism in his 60s, the possessor of high-flying visions and jobs that crashed under the weight of the post-Cold War era. His children followed the same trajectory. ”We…imagined ourselves to be living the inevitable future,” writes Beers. ”And we are very surprised today to discover we were but a strange and aberrant moment that is now receding into history.” The part-reported, part-remembered Blue Sky Dream — told in the voice of a boy who long ago broke away from the company line — is a worthy guide to a landscape that no longer exists. B+