American Fun

Apr 2, 2014

Beckman's book is a pop-academic exploration of 'joyous revolt' throughout American History.

From the Sons of Liberty and the Boston Tea Party to Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters and the hip-hop B-Boys of the South Bronx, a romp through the nation's cultural and political history with the anti-establishment fun-lovers who, John Beckman says, have always been part of the American story. Beckman is an English professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and the author of  "American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt."