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From the Publisher"Inventively untangles a skein of cultural imagery that depicted the nation in terms of a family in peril—a crisis of literal and symbolic fatherlessness—and materialized in such disparate realms as the panic over dependency on Arab oil, the debate over Christopher Lasch's The Culture of Narcissism and emotions associated with the return of America's prisoners of War from Vietnam."
-Rick Perlstein, The Nation
"Rich and compelling. . . . No Direction Home will find its way to bookstore shelves, journalist and pundit desks, and course syllabi for many students."
—Peace and Change
"Should serve as a model for future scholarly inquiry."
— Journal of Southern History
"[An] exemplary and richly suggestive work. . . . This is a powerful book on how the multiple traumas of the 1970s reshaped how Americans looked at themselves and the world."
— The Journal of American History
"Provides a useful introduction to major themes of the decade. . . . An intelligent, subtle, and well-researched work on a complex and significant part of recent US history."
The book emerges as the best commentary I know about the family during this period.—Peter N. Carroll, author of It Seemed Like Nothing Happened: America in the 1970s
No Direction Home offers a powerful and richly original analysis of American culture in the 1970s.—Judith E. Smith, University of Massachusetts-Boston, author of Visions of Belonging: Family Stories, Popular Culture and Postwar Democracy, 1940-1960