More Equal Than Others: America from Nixon to the New Century / Edition 1

More Equal Than Others: America from Nixon to the New Century / Edition 1

by Godfrey Hodgson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691127670

ISBN-13: 9780691127675

Pub. Date: 07/24/2006

Publisher: Princeton University Press

During the past quarter century, free-market capitalism was recognized not merely as a successful system of wealth creation, but as the key determinant of the health of political and cultural democracy. Now, renowned British journalist and historian Godfrey Hodgson takes aim at this popular view in a book that promises to become one of the most important political

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During the past quarter century, free-market capitalism was recognized not merely as a successful system of wealth creation, but as the key determinant of the health of political and cultural democracy. Now, renowned British journalist and historian Godfrey Hodgson takes aim at this popular view in a book that promises to become one of the most important political histories of our time. More Equal Than Others looks back on twenty-five years of what Hodgson calls "the conservative ascendancy" in America, demonstrating how it has come to dominate American politics.

Hodgson disputes the notion that the rise of conservatism has spread affluence and equality to the American people. Quite the contrary, he writes, the most distinctive feature of American society in the closing years of the twentieth century was its great and growing inequality. He argues that the combination of conservative ideology and corporate power and dominance by mass media obsessed with lifestyle and celebrity have caused America to abandon much of what was best in its past. In fact, he writes, income and wealth inequality have become so extreme that America now resembles the class-stratified societies of early twentieth-century Europe.

More Equal Than Others addresses a broad range of issues, with chapters on politics, the new economy, immigration, technology, women, race, and foreign policy, among others. A fitting sequel to the author's critically acclaimed America In Our Time, More Equal Than Others is not only an outstanding synthesis of history, but a trenchant commentary on the state of the American Dream.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691127675
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/24/2006
Series:
Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America Series
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
961,566
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction

Disappointment and Denial xvii

1 State of the Union 1

2 New Politics 29

3 New Technology 61

4 New Economics 87

5 New Immigrants 112

6 New Women 139

7 New South, Old Race 172

8 New Society 203

9 New World 249

10 New Century 288

Notes 305

Select Bibliography 349

Index 361

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