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These 76 memoirs follow one of Washington's most enduring and well-traveled ghost writers through 60 countries and what seemed like a thousand years of change. J. Don Looper begins his story in the early 1920's, a time he says had more in common with the Middle Ages than with the world we live in now. He draws on a Dust Bowl childhood and personal adventures in journalism and public affairs to illustrate the rush to modern times that began in the 20's. Many essays stem from cabinet-level missions abroad and staff writing for top officials in eight presidencies. Looper's early years in Oklahoma are reflected in such memories as Born on the Old Chisholm Trail and Life, Death, and the Jackass Farm. A life in the arts and the media is described in Nudes with Attitude and Whatever Became of Type Lice? Years of overseas travel culminated in such essays as Me and Air Force One and My Audience with the Pope. Topical issues come to life in Midnight in Tehran: and Farewell to Hong Kong. Some of the book's characters still make news -- Bob Dole and Henry Kissinger for example. Others are gone -- Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, and Richard Helms. But the book is also peopled with lesser-known characters who made their own mark on modern times. The oversize boots in this story were real and memorable, but the author sees them as something more, a metaphor for movin' on after the Great Depression. Like the boots, the place and time were ill-fitting for him and some others of his generation. The author moved on to new lives in Washington, Milwaukee, Key West, and the world at large. The title of the book asserts that theme: I Coulda Been a Cowboy but My Boots Didn't Fit.
The place is London, and the year is 1966. It's a time when anything seems possible, especially if you are a young, free-spirited, mini-skirted girl in search of adventure and independence. An incredible explosion of pop music, fashion and youth culture has turned London into the most swinging city on earth. Youthful energy and boundless optimism are everywhere. Whatever you want-sexual freedom, jobs, fashionable clothes, social change-it's all up for grabs. It's a world of souped-up Minis, ad men, conmen, typewriters, bed-hopping, tragic love affairs, flat sharing, spies from behind the Iron Curtain, and Fleet Street's smoky, scruffy pub life. At the center of this vibrant world is Jacky Hyams, a headstrong, pleasure-seeking party girl with a tough East End background, who is determined to throw off her past and make the most of everything on offer. In the follow up to her memoir Bombsites and Lollipops, Jacky takes a nostalgia-tinged look back to the years when Britain changed forever, a decade moving swiftly from the revolutionary fervor and excitement of the freewheeling Swinging Sixties, to the bleaker times of the strike bound, cash-strapped Seventies.White Boots and Miniskirts is a down to earth, honest perspective of a fast changing world, told with wry humor by a woman in search of love and success in the most exciting city on the planet.
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