Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974 / Edition 1

Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974 / Edition 1

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by James T. Patterson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195117972

ISBN-13: 9780195117974

Pub. Date: 11/20/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Part Two Of Two Parts

In this tenth volume of the critically praised Oxford History of the United States, James T. Patterson provides a dramatic and brilliant account of the period from the end of World War II in 1945 to the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974. In the late-forties, America enjoyed the greatest prosperity that the world had ever known. From this

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Part Two Of Two Parts

In this tenth volume of the critically praised Oxford History of the United States, James T. Patterson provides a dramatic and brilliant account of the period from the end of World War II in 1945 to the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974. In the late-forties, America enjoyed the greatest prosperity that the world had ever known. From this boom came a national euphoria that led to an unprecedented faith in government and the American Dream, a feeling that no expectation was too grand. But this optimistic spirit would be shaken by the events of the '60s and early '70s - the assassinations of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King, the debacle in Vietnam, and the scandal of Watergate. From halcyon days to national funk, James T. Patterson's superb work incorporates the entire story of a seminal era in our history.

"A tour de force." (The Wall Street Journal)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195117974
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/20/1997
Series:
Oxford History of the United States Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
880
Sales rank:
251,875
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 2.10(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction xvii
Prologue: August 1945 3(7)
1. Veterans, Ethnics, Blacks, Women
10(29)
2. Unions, Liberals, and the State: Stalemate
39(22)
3. Booms
61(21)
4. Grand Expectations About the World
82(23)
5. Hardening of the Cold War, 1945-1948
105(32)
6. Domestic Politics: Truman's First Term
137(28)
7. Red Scares Abroad and at Home
165(42)
8. Korea
207(36)
9. Ike
243(33)
10. World Affairs, 1953-1956
276(35)
11. The Biggest Boom Yet
311(32)
12. Mass Consumer Culture
343(32)
13. Race
375(32)
14. A Center Holds, More or Less, 1957-1960
407(35)
15. The Polarized Sixties: An Overview
442(16)
16. The New Frontier at Home
458(28)
17. JFK and the World
486(38)
18. Lyndon Johnson and American Liberalism
524(38)
19. A Great Society and the Rise of Rights-Consciousness
562(31)
20. Escalation in Vietnam
593(44)
21. Rights, Polarization, and Backlash, 1966-1967
637(41)
22. The Most Turbulent Year: 1968
678(32)
23. Rancor and Richard Nixon
710(33)
24. Nixon, Vietnam, and the World, 1969-1974
743(28)
25. End of an Era? Expectations amid Watergate and Recession
771(20)
Bibliographical Essay 791(12)
Index 803
Illustrations appear following pages 270 and 558.

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Grand Expectations overviews a period in American History that I had no part of. Being born in the 80s, I only knew America for what is is now, and too little about what has shaped it to be so. Patterson highlights major movements, conflicts, economic rises and falls, people, world affairs and cultural changes. I realize that learing only of these points doesn't allow me to fully understand the period of 1945-1974, but I feel that this book has helped me see why the United States is the way it is today.
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