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This brief paperback covers the social, cultural, and political aspects of U.S. history from the end of World War II through the present. It includes special biographies and boxes on films of each era, as well as maps and photographs that bring each era to life. This interpretive textbook combines narrative and analytic history with a balanced perspective that covers elites and out-groups, liberals and conservatives, and modernists and traditionalists while explaining how technology, popular culture, and social innovation have affected mainstream life and institutions.
1. The Search for Security, 1945-1949. 2. Republican Leadership and the Anti-Communist Crusade, 1950-1954. 3. Eisenhower's Troubled Consensus, 1954-1960. 4. The Age of Liberal Activism, 1960-1965. 5. Polarized America: Racial Turmoil and Vietnam, 1965-1968. 6. The Embattled Presidency: Nixon, Vietnam, and Watergate, 1968-1976. 7. Struggling Giant: The Carter and Reagan Years, 1976-1988. 8. The Turn To Centrism: Bush and Clinton, 1988-2000. Index.
Posted May 8, 2002
This overpriced history text is certainly effective in outlining the most visible events of the past 50 years, but it makes no significant attempt to analyze them. Larger, more abstract issues, such as neo-imperialism, are completely ignored, and this book, therefore, offers nothing about US history that could not be surmised from a CBS documentary. This book is also conservatively oriented, and the sections detailing liberal and radical movements are riddled with quotation marks. Such punctuation clearly indicates that the authors are disagree with these activists, yet their dissent is expressed implicitly without any intellectual discussion, which is unprofessional and sub par academically.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.