Proud Decades: America in War and Peace, 1941-1960

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"Richly instructive. . . . With characteristic cogency and verve John Diggins has painted a memorable portrait of the United States at a triumphant moment in its history."—David M. Kennedy, Stanford University

From Pearl Harbor to the election of John F. Kennedy, America witnessed--and caused--great change both at home and abroad. No two decades so reveal the heart of America as the 1940s and 1950s; no period has been as important in creating the conditions that ...

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Overview

"Richly instructive. . . . With characteristic cogency and verve John Diggins has painted a memorable portrait of the United States at a triumphant moment in its history."—David M. Kennedy, Stanford University

From Pearl Harbor to the election of John F. Kennedy, America witnessed--and caused--great change both at home and abroad. No two decades so reveal the heart of America as the 1940s and 1950s; no period has been as important in creating the conditions that govern our lives today.

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Editorial Reviews

Alan Trachtenberg - New York Times Book Review
“A superb introduction to the period, not only for what it recounts but for Mr. Diggins's shrewd guidance through the intricacies of cold war diplomacy and domestic politics and economics in the age of Truman and Eisenhower, and for his illumination of the time through such people and young Martin Luther King, Jr., in the early days of the civil rights movement, Senator McCarthy and Charles Wilson of General Motors. He impressively combines responsible coverage with sharp commentary in clear, bright, readable prose.”
Walter LaFeber
“A superbly and provocatively written account that somehow successfully combines social, cultural, political, and diplomatic history (Kinsey, Bogart, McCarthy, Eisenhower, along with many others) to give us the overview we have needed of that mid-century shift that changed the course of American life—even before we entered the Sixties.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this highly readable survey of the period bracketed by Pearl Harbor and the election of John F. Kennedy, the author pays special attention to the years before the complacency-shattering launch of Sputnik in 1957 . ``Diggins covers a lot of territory with grace and clarity,'' praised PW. Photos. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393956566
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1989
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 841,477
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John Patrick Diggins is the author of The Rise and Fall of the American Left and The Proud Decades: 1941–1960, in addition to biographies of John Adams and Max Weber. He is a distinguished professor of history at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He lives in New York City.

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