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The American Century: 1963-1989, the watershed of Vietnam, the New Conservatism—and beyond . . .

The "noble cause" of Vietnam was the longest war in America's history, the most unpopular war, and the first modern war America lost. Vietnam ended the belief that America had a duty to fight everywhere abroad for freedom. It polarized the country. It destroyed the illusion of American omnipotence. And it shattered our faith in the honesty and ...

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Overview

The American Century: 1963-1989, the watershed of Vietnam, the New Conservatism—and beyond . . .

The "noble cause" of Vietnam was the longest war in America's history, the most unpopular war, and the first modern war America lost. Vietnam ended the belief that America had a duty to fight everywhere abroad for freedom. It polarized the country. It destroyed the illusion of American omnipotence. And it shattered our faith in the honesty and credibility of government.

This program traces America's involvement in and withdrawal from Vietnam, and the protests and rebellion that accompanied it. It also follows the electoral triumph of Richard Nixon, the growth of the imperial presidency, Nixon's successes—including the great achievement of opening the door to China—and his devastating fall due to the consequences of a "third-rate burglary": Watergate.

Beyond the Nixon era lie the Camp David Accord, the takeover of the Iranian embassy, and the earthshaking changes brought about by the Reagan and the issues of the '80s, including right-to-life conflicts, the junk bond and S&L predators, and the dramatic rise of the New Conservatism and the religious right. Finally, the question arises: If the last hundred years have been this eventful, what incredible changes and challenges might we see in the next hundred?

Harold Evans, picture researcher Gail Buckland, and historical researcher Kevin Baker worked diligently to ensure accuracy throughout this landmark work. This audio program intrigues and involves, vividly bringing to life the power and passion of the American century, a century like no other.

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Editorial Reviews

Sean Wilentz
A work of history that lives and breathes and wonderfully instructs. . .splendidly illustrated. . .Evans explores his century with energy and wit. — The New Yorker
Robert J Samuelson
A genuine achievement. He has ranged over an immense field. . .The result satisfies and surprises. . .and [is] worth every penny.
Los Angeles Times
Parade
It powerfully and penetratingly recounts this country's history.
Library Journal
President and publisher at Random House until a year ago, when he became editorial director of the Daily News, U.S. News and World Report, and the Atlantic Monthly, Britisher Evans has probably been here long enough to write this chronicle of U.S. dominance in this century.
Library Journal
President and publisher at Random House until a year ago, when he became editorial director of the Daily News, U.S. News and World Report, and the Atlantic Monthly, Britisher Evans has probably been here long enough to write this chronicle of U.S. dominance in this century.
David S. Reynolds
Evans has [written] 'an accessible popular political history'. . . .His innovation is his . . .seasoned analysis of [the] information. . . .Evans has created a gallery of [900] images striking in its variety and pungency, representative without being hackneyed. . . .Equally striking are the book's pictures of average folk caught in socially resonant circumstances. -- The New York Times Book Review
Sean Wilentz
A work of history that lives and breathes and wonderfully instructs. . .splendidly illustrated. . .Evans explores his century with energy and wit. -- The New Yorker
Robert J Samuelson
A genuine achievement. He has ranged over an immense field. . .The result satisfies and surprises. . .and [is] worth every penny. -- The Los Angeles Times
Parade
It powerfully and penetratingly recounts this country's history.
Kirkus Reviews
Evans (Good Times, Bad Times), former president of the Random House Trade Group and presently editorial director of the New York Daily News, US News and World Report, and The Atlantic Monthly, offers a brisk narrative history of America in the 20th century, giving equal weight to 'the personalities and events of America's second century.' The animating idea of the book, announced in its first pages, is that 'America was more than merely the latest phase of a long succession of experiments in man's social history. It worked because the effort was inspired by the inner light of freedom. Democracy delivered.' And while Evans can be tersely critical of American foreign policy (especially of policies pursued in the second half of the century), he generally holds closely to his central thesis, offering a text that touches on all of the major social and political events of the century (from the Spanish-American War up to the Presidency of George Bush) while stressing, in each one, its impact on the evolving American identity... A handsome overview of America in recent times.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559275279
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Series: American Century Series
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 4.48 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Harold Evans
Harold Evans
Harold Evans is currently working on two new books. America, Inc. will be a history of American business innovators from 1869 to the present. We the People is a prequel to The American Century, covering the period from the Revolution to 1889. Mr. Evans was most recently editorial director and vice chairman of the New York Daily News and U.S. News & World Report. He lives in New York City with his wife, Tina Brown.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Why it Can be Called the American Century
Ch. 1 The Last Frontier 1889-1893 2
Ch. 2 Showdown for Democracy 1890-1898 20
Ch. 3 The Lure of Empire 1898-1905 48
Ch. 4 Old and New Americans 1880-1910 82
Ch. 5 Workers Take a Stand 1893-1916 106
Ch. 6 Good Times, Bad Times 1914-1920 140
Ch. 7 The Turmoil of Normalcy 1920-1929 180
Ch. 8 The Dream Turns to Dust 1929-1939 218
Ch. 9 The Road to World War II 1936-1941 282
Ch. 10 The Citadel of Democracy 1941-1945 314
Ch. 11 America Leads 1945-1956 386
Ch. 12 The Dawn of a New Freedom 1954-1965 452
Ch. 13 The War of Lost Illusions 1963-1975 522
Ch. 14 The Imperial Presidency 1972-1980 566
Ch. 15 Put Out More Flags 1981-1989 612
Afterword: Let Freedom Ring 653
Acknowledgments 665
Photographic Acknowledgments 665
Bibliography 665
Index 665
Illustration Credits 665
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