The American Century 1945-1989 (4 Cassettes)

The American Century 1945-1989 (4 Cassettes)

by Harold Evans, Ira Claffey
     
 

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

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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 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.
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
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
Edition description:
Abridged
Product dimensions:
4.48(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.09(d)

What People are saying about this

Gen. Colin Powell
A riveting, panoramic sweep of the forces of the last century that shaped today's America. . .the exciting story of who we are, how we got there, and where we might be headed. . . .A book every family should have.
Vartan Gregorian
Major and inspiring.
Geoffrey C. Ward
A sumptuous memory-book of an astonishing time.
Shelby Foote
In a style at once trenchant and easygoing, Harold Evans leads us on a walk through the century now drawing to a close, taking us back over ground that far too many of us have let slip from our memories. -- Author of The Civil War
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
Astute, evocative, challenging, wonderfully readable and gloriously illustrated history.
Neil Sheehan
This is history to enjoy, engagingly written, splendidly illustrated. -- Author of A Bright and Shining Lie
Stanley I. Kutler
A magnificent book. . .Evans has given America a wonderful end-of-the-century gift.
John Kenneth Galbraith
I much enjoyed it, as I think will all.

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