Campbell's book, his sixth, explores a hinge moment of the recent American past.
The year 1995 marked the emergence of the Internet and World Wide Web into mainstream consciousness, propelled by events such as the dramatic initial public offering of Netscape Communications, the Silicon Valley startup that made an immensely popular Web browser.
Important features and realities of contemporary life can be traced to 1995 and its watershed moments. "The fingerprints of 1995," Campbell says, "are all over the present."
Campbell has discussed the pivotal nature of 1995 at a variety of venues, among them the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Politics & Prose bookstore, and with a variety of media outlets, including twice on the Kennedy Show on Fox Business Network.
The book and the year also were featured in Italy's largest newspaper, Corriere della Sera:
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1995 And the O.J. Trial
The O.J. Simpson double-murder trial spread like a stain across much of 1995. The proceedings in Los Angeles went on for nearly eight months and were called "The Trial of the Century." Such characterizations were exaggerated, as Campbell discusses in this op-ed.
The most significant and lasting effect of the Simpson trial was in the popular introduction of forensic DNA evidence. “Through the Simpson case,” Campbell writes, “the American public gained a measure of familiarity with forensic DNA testing,” a familiarity that has deepend significantly.
1995: Origins of A scandal
The dalliance between President Bill Clinton and intern Monica Lewinsky -- an affair that led to his impeachement -- began during the federal government shutdown in mid-November 1995. The beginnings of the Clinton-Lewinsky liaison represented one of the pivotal moments of 1995, as Campbell discusses.
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