On the Edge: The United States Since 1945 (with InfoTrac) / Edition 3

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

This textbook explores some of the dilemmas that have confronted the United States since World War II. Horowitz (Portland State U.) and Carroll (Stanford U.) focus on the expansion of national economic and political power at home and abroad and the domestic conflicts precipitated by such growth. Eight chapters cover such topics as the anti-Communist crusade, the age of liberal activism, racial turmoil, Vietnam, and the centrist administrations of Bush and Clinton. Each chapter includes a popular culture reference to a film with particular social significance. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534571870
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/18/2001
  • Series: History Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Horowitz was born in the Bronx, New York, and received his B.A. in history from Antioch College and his history Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. He has taught U.S. cultural and twentieth-century history at Portland State University since 1968. Horowitz's publications include STRANGERS: A CENTURY'S STRUGGLE AGAINST AMERICA'S SOCIAL GUARDIANS (Westview Press, 2001), INSIDE THE KLAVERN: THE SECRET HISTORY OF A 1920S KU KLUX KLAN (Southern Illinois University Press, 1999), and BEYOND LEFT AND RIGHT: INSURGENCY AND THE ESTABLISHMENT (University of Illinois Press, 1997). Horowitz lives with his wife, historian and author Gloria Myers, in Portland, Oregon, and does his writing at a wooded retreat at the coast.

Peter N. Carroll was born in Queens, New York, and received his B.A. from Queens College and his history Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He has taught the U.S. history survey course at the University of Illinois, the University of Minnesota, and San Francisco State University; consulted on literally dozens of textbooks; and worked with survey course teachers for the National Faculty in the 1990s. He also works with his local high school's AP U.S. history survey course. He has also taught U.S. cultural and intellectual history at the University of Minnesota, Stanford University, the University of San Francisco, and the University of California at Berkeley. Carroll's publications include IT SEEMED LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED: AMERICA IN THE 1970S, rev. ed. (Rutgers University, 1990), KEEPING TIME: MEMORY, NOSTALGIA, AND THE ART OF HISTORY (University of Georgia Press, 1990), and AMERICANS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR: THE ODYSSEY OF THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN BRIGADE (Stanford University Press, 1994). Carroll and his partner, author Jeannette Ferrary, live in Belmont, California.

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Table of Contents

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2002

    Academic bias and superficial analysis

    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.

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