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In Framing the Sixties: The Use and Abuse of a Decade from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush, Bernard von Bothmer presents an in-depth look at the politics of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush as they utilized the fertile ground of the 1960s to define their presidencies. The book also examines the political spins on the era up to the current U.S. President. Bernard von Bothmer charts candidates' and politicians' references to the legacies of JFK, LBJ, the Vietnam War, Woodstock, and the Civil Rights movement, noting that the two main political parties often view the same event differently. News anchor and author Tom Brokaw said of Bernard von Bothmer's Framing the Sixties, "This book will be invaluable to anyone eager to know the real story behind the political and cultural consequences of that tumultuous time." Georgetown University professor of history and author Michael Kazin said, "To understand why the meaning of the 1960s remains a critical matter for both conservatives and liberals, Bernard von Bothmer's careful study is the place to start." Bernard von Bothmer's book also received positive reviews in The Journal of American History, Presidential Studies Quarterly, the American Chronicle, and the Conservative Monitor. An Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, Bernard von Bothmer also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Dominican University of California. His courses have ranged from studies of individuals such as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Bob Dylan, to examinations of particular periods in history. His courses include Columbus to Clinton, U.S. History, 1492-1992, and America During the 1960s. In addition, Bernard von Bothmer has instructed lifelong learning courses and a graduate seminar on issues in 20th century America. The recipient of the University of San Francisco 2010 Distinguished Lecturer Award for Excellence in Teaching, Bernard von Bothmer received a Bachelor of Arts with honors at Brown University. He earned a Master of Arts at Stanford University and a Doctor of Philosophy in American History from Indiana University.

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