This list is generated from 130 \"best of\" book lists from a variety of great sources. An algorithm is used to create a master list based on how many lists a particular book appears on. Some lists count more than others. I generally trust \"best of all time\" lists voted by authors and experts over user-generated lists. On the lists that are actually ranked, the book that is 1st counts a lot more than the book that's 100th. If you're interested in the details about how the rankings are generated and which lists are the most important(in my eyes) please check out the list details page.
A Confederacy of Dunces is a picaresque novel written by John Kennedy Toole, published in 1980, 11 years after the author's suicide. The book was published through the efforts of writer Walker Perc...
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) is a best-selling novel written by Dominican-American author Junot Díaz. Although a work of fiction, the novel is set in New Jersey where Díaz was raised...
The House of the Spirits (La casa de los espíritus, 1982) is the debut novel by Isabel Allende. Initially, the novel was rejected by several Spanish-language publishers, but became an instant best ...
Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize By an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers, The Sense of an Ending extends a streak of extraordinary books that began with the best-selling Arthur & Geor...
The Poisonwood Bible (1998) by Barbara Kingsolver is a bestselling novel about a missionary family, the Prices, who in 1959 move from Georgia to the fictional village of Kilanga in the Belgian Cong...
As one of the most popular bands of the '80s, U2 didn't quite fit into any particular category. They were a post-punk band that quickly found acceptance from a hard rock audience, a group that made fully formed albums but often made their best statements on individual songs, especially during the '80s. Consequently, they're a very hard band to anthologize. Since they were most effective on single songs, it seems that throwing all of them together on one disc would work. The problem is, each of the albums, from Boy to Rattle and Hum, has a distinctive flavor that doesn't necessarily blend when combined, especially in the nonchronological form of The Best of 1980-1990. There's little quibbling with the featured tracks on U2's first compilation -- a few important songs, such as \"Gloria,\" \"I Fall Down,\" \"Seconds,\" and \"Two Hearts Beat as One,\" may be missing, but everything else deserves to be here (\"Pride,\" \"New Year's Day,\" \"With or Without You,\" \"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For,\" \"Sunday Bloody Sunday,\" \"Bad,\" \"Desire,\" etc.). Even though the song selection is strong, the album winds up as less than the sum of its parts -- each song is pretty great of its own accord (even the single mix of the B-side \"Sweetest Thing,\" which is, in truth, not much different at all), but the overall effect is a little underwhelming. On one hand, it may be a good choice for casual fans or nostalgia mongers, since it does contain everything they need to hear, but anyone who has more than a passing interest in the band will be better suited with individual albums.
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Want to go further back For books published prior to the 1980s, check out our list of 50 Classic Picture Books and 20 Classic Chapter Books to Read Aloud With 5-8 Year Olds.
In 1964, inflation measured a little more than 1 percent per year. It had been in this vicinity over the preceding six years. Inflation began ratcheting upward in the mid-1960s and reached more than 14 percent in 1980. It eventually declined to average only 3.5 percent in the latter half of the 1980s.
Over time, greater control of reserve and money growth, while less than perfect, produced a desired slowing in inflation. This tighter reserve management was augmented by the introduction of credit controls in early 1980 and with the Monetary Control Act. Over the course of 1980, interest rates spiked, fell briefly, and then spiked again. Lending activity fell, unemployment rose, and the economy entered a brief recession between January and July. Inflation fell but was still high even as the economy recovered in the second half of 1980.
1980 marks a refreshingly sensational year for Best Original Song at the Oscars - and that's even in spite of the Academy not recognizing the memorable likes of Blondie's \"Call Me\" (from American Gigolo), Kenny Loggins' \"I'm Alright\" (from Caddyshack), Olivia Newton-John's \"Magic\" (from Xanadu) and Neil Diamond's \"America\" (from The Jazz Singer). My hunch, of course, is the Academy had scant interest in recognizing the likes of American Gigolo, Caddyshack, Xanadu or The Jazz Singer.
Pivotal in its use of samples, Mark Moore borrowed from songs by the likes of Gil Scott Heron, Debbie Harry and Stacey Q for this acid house banger. Of course, like all the best songs created from samples, it stood alone as a brilliant disco-dance number.
Our next year in the countdown of the best in Purdue sports history is one that is slightly a generation ahead of many of you readers. I know it is for me. I don't have many memories of 1980-81 considering that I was a year old during that academic year. Still, it was a very good year for Purdue. The football team made its third of three straight bowl appearances under Jim Young. The men's basketball team had a respectable debut under new head coach Gene Keady. It was also the final year of major season success for one of Purdue's historically strong programs.
A huge reason for his success was quarterback Mark Herrmann. 1980 was Herrmann's senior season, and it was a season that very nearly ended in Pasadena as he came up a game short of taking the Boilers to the Rose Bowl. Herrmann was named a first-team All-American at quarterback for the 1980 season, while tight end Dave Young joined him on the first team. Many of Herrmann's records still stand from the 1980 season.
As mentioned above, Herrmann's name is still all over Purdue's record book. His 368 passing attempts that season was a school record at the time, as was his 1,309 career attempts. The career mark is still fourth in school history behind Brees, Orton, and Painter. He completed 242 passes (for a still-season best 65.7%) for 3,212 yards. His career yardage mark of 9,946 yards is third only to Brees and Painter. His 23 touchdown passes that year was also a school record for a time, and his 71 for a career is second only to Brees' 90. On an auspicious note, Herrmann still holds the career interceptions mark of 75 by a wide margin (30) over Brees. With Herrmann, he was a feast or famine guy. He threw 17 picks in 1980.
Basketball highlights - The important thing to remember is that 1980-81 was still the era in which only 48 teams made the NCAA Tournament. With 16 fewer bids, some very good teams were left to head to the NIT. That was Purdue's fate. Gene Keady took over a Purdue team that played in the 1980 Final Four and provided some memorable moments in his first year. Purdue wont he Gator Bowl Tournament over Georgia Tech and Florida just after Christmas and went into the conference season with a 7-2 record.
Women's basketball - The only other program to win an NCAA National title at Purdue passed its own milestone in the 1980-81 season. That year was the final year the women's program was deemed a non-revenue sport, and therefore did not have a full compliment of scholarships. Women's basketball was still in its infancy at the times, so the dreams of a national title were still very far away. Still, the seeds were being planted. Purdue won a then-school record 14 games and finished 14-18 on the year. They would not win as many games again until the program's first winning season in 1985-86 (the program's 11th year overall).
You can read more about the regular season paths the Phillies and Astros took to reach the playoffs and the seasons enjoyed by their key players at the links below. This article will focus squarely on the games of the 1980 NLCS.
For the fourth and final time, the 1980 NLCS was going extra innings. Unser hit a one-out double, and with two outs, Maddox also doubled. The Phils had the lead. Ruthven had pitched a clean ninth, and now he did the same in the tenth. This incredible series was finally over and Philadelphia was going to the World Series.
Trillo was named NLCS MVP, going 8-for-21. He was the best choice of players on the winning team. I think this was a case where a choice from the losing team would have been appropriate. Puhl completely dominated this series from the leadoff spot, going 10-for-19, drawing three walks and constantly getting rallies started.
The Phils have since won another World Series, in 2008. The Astros finally reached the Fall Classic in 2005, though they have yet to win it all in a franchise history that dates to 1962. Both teams had reasons to be proud in 1980, staging the greatest League Championship Series ever played, and quite possibly the best postseason series at any round. 153554b96e