Recent America: The United States Since 1945, 3rd Edition / Edition 3

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $8.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 83%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (8) from $8.00   
  • New (4) from $46.43   
  • Used (4) from $12.88   

Overview

This third edition of Recent America is an extensive revision that includes entirely new material to carry the coverage forward into the second decade of the twenty-first century—right up through the recent midterm elections of 2010. With an emphasis on national politics, the ever-evolving multicultural American society, the role of the United States in international affairs, and economic trends, this third considers changes in American literature, fine arts, music, film, pop culture, and sports and their relationships to social, cultural, and economic trends. The incorporation of these often overlooked historical themes presents a more relevant and inclusive recent history of the United States.

Building upon the tradition set forth by Dewey Grantham in the first and second editions of his highly readable and informative survey history of the United States since World War II, Thomas Maxwell-Long brings new perspectives and explores new realities that Americans did not face even as recently as the turn of the century. The result provides students with an engaging, well-rounded, and thoughtfully illustrated narrative that reconstructs history and also makes strong connections between the present and the past.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for a previous edition:

"In several different and important ways, Professor Grantham brings the political history of recent America alive for new generations of students. ...This text will surely please political historians and those who want a strong political component for their classes. It will also please students who want to learn about politics and the attitude shifts associated with each generation." (H-Net Reviews, May, 1998)

Booknews
A textbook for an undergraduate college course and a survey for general readers. Grantham (history, Vanderbilt U.) focuses on national politics, federal policy, and the role of the US in international affairs. He also seeks to instil a historical consciousness that integrates the past and the present. Extended and revised from the 1989 edition. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882952765
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/18/2011
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 636
  • Sales rank: 801,663
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Dewey W. Grantham was a specialist in twentieth-century American history and the Holland N. McTyeire Professor of History Emeritus at Vanderbilt University, which he taught for many years. He received a doctorate from the University of North Carolina, and in Chapel Hill was a student of Professor Fletcher M. Green. His special interests included modern American politics and public policy, the evolution of presidential leadership, and the role of regionalism in the United States. Professor Grantham was active in the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and was president of the Southern Historical Association, whose Charles S Sydnor Award he won.

Thomas Maxwell-Long received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Riverside. He has published several articles on various themes in United States history four other books, including Watergate and the Resignation of Richard Nixon, with Harry P Jeffrey, and is co-author with John W. Dean III of the forthcoming books The Watergate Cover-up Trial. He is the Associate Director of California State University San Bernadino’s Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies and Assistant Professor of history, where he teaches courses in the fields of U.S. and Native American history as well as in Public History.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1 TheTransition from WWII to the Cold War: Confrontation and Containment 1

World War II: Catalyst for Change 4

Demobilization and Reconversion 8

The Struggle over Economic Controls, 1945-1946 10

National Defense and World Affairs 14

Peacetime Pursuits 18

The Cold War: Confrontation and Containment 20

America Faces Russia 20

The Architects of Containment 25

The Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan 28

Forging New Coalitions 32

The Cold War Consensus 40

Suggestions for Further Reading 42

Chapter 2 Harry Truman, the Korean War, and the Politics of Stalemate 45

The Rise of Harry S. Truman 46

The Eightieth Congress, 1947-1948 48

The Election of 1948 51

The Fair Deal, 1949-1952 57

The Korean War 61

Internal Security and the Politics of Fear 72

"I Like Ike": The Election of 1952 79

Suggestions for Further Reading 84

Chapter 3 Politics of Moderation: Eisenhower, the New Look, and Brinksmanship 87

Eisenhower and the New Administration 88

The Eisenhower Policies 91

The Climax of McCarthyism 94

Change and Continuity in National Politics 98

Second Term: Problems and Portents 101

Strategies of Containment in the Eisenhower Years 107

Rhetoric and Reality in Foreign Affairs 108

The European Focus 111

Containment in Asia 113

The Middle East, Latin America, and the Third World 118

The Heightening of Cold War Tensions 124

Suggestions for Further Reading 131

Chapter 4 Leading the World: Economic Expansion, Affluence, and Social Change 134

The Miracle of Production 135

Competition and Structure 141

Patterns of Trade and Distribution 146

The Worker's World 150

Social Change and the Social Order 155

City and Suburb 158

Social Class and Status 162

Race and Ethnicity 164

The Search for Community 175

Suggestions for Further Reading 177

Chapter 5 Inspiration, Crises, and Tragedy: John F. Kennedy and the New Frontier 181

The Election of a New President, 1960 181

The Kennedy Approach to Foreign Policy 186

A Troubled Beginning 190

The Cuban Missle Crisis and the Test Ban Treaty 193

Global Connections and Third World Policies 198

New Frontiers and the Resurgence of Liberalism 203

Social Reform and Losing Battles 208

Kennedy and the Civil Rights Movement 211

The Death of a President 215

A New President and a Democratic Landslide 218

Suggestions for Further Reading 222

Chapter 6 The Culture of Affluence and Anxiety: Postwar America 226

Education: The Troubled Crusade 226

The Changing Shape of American Religion 232

Popular Culture 238

Art and American Life 248

The Literary Imagination 253

Suggestions for Further Reading 259

Chapter 7 Great Changes, Great Failings: LBJ, the Great Society, and the Vietnam War 263

The Thirty-sixth President 263

The Quest for Equality 267

The War on Poverty 275

Breakthroughs in Education and Health 278

LBJ and the Urban Nation 282

The Domino Theory and International Affairs 285

U.S. Ideals and Self-interest in Latin America 289

Vietnam: Into the Quagmire 291

Antiwar Protest: America Divides 299

The Lost Crusade 306

Politics and Resolution: The Election of 1968 309

Suggestions for Further Reading 316

Chapter 8 The End of Innocence: National Limits, Richard Nixon, and Watergate 321

The Nixon Years Begin 322

The Return of Richard Nixon 322

The Persistence of Vietnam 325

In the Domestic Arena 332

Nixon's New Economic Policy 337

Détente and Triangular Diplomacy 340

Nixon's Triumph: The Election of 1972 346

Launching the Second Nixon Administration 350

Watergate: A Cancer in the Presidency 353

The Energy Crisis and the Environment 359

Feminism: Reform in a Different Mode 364

The Downfall of a President 369

Suggestions for Further Reading 374

Chapter 9 The Search for Solutions in a "Crisis of Confidence" 378

The Presidency of Gerald Ford 378

The Election of Jimmy Carter 385

Dealing with Problems at Home 390

Morality and Foreign Policy 396

A Surfeit of Troubles, 1979-1980 401

The Repudiation of a President: 1980 406

Suggestions for Further Reading 410

Chapter 10 The Reagan Revolution and Return of Confidence 413

The Emergence of a Conservative Spokesman 413

Reaganomics 417

The Attempted Assassination 422

Foreign Policy: Rhetoric and Confrontation 423

An Electoral Landslide 430

Second Term: Up the Down Staircase 434

The Reagan Legacy 444

Suggestions for Further Reading 447

Chapter 11 The United States and the New World Order 450

The Presidency of George H.W. Bush 451

The End of the Cold War 456

Return of the Democrats 465

Clinton and the Perils of Presidential Leadership 469

Suggestions for Further Reading 471

Chapter 12 Booming Nineties: Clinton, Impeachment, and the High Flying Economy 473

International Challenges 482

Challenges at Home 487

The New Economy 490

Impeachment 496

The 2000 Election 500

Suggestions for Further Reading 505

Chapter 13 Tiem of Tragedy: George W. Bush, 9/11, Two Wars, and the Great Recession 507

George W. Bush 508

9/11 512

War in Afghanistan and Iraq 520

The Abu Ghraib Scandal 524

Inconvenient Environmental Realities 526

The 2004 Presidential Race 530

The Second Term of George W. Bush 535

Quagmires Both: Iraq and Afghanistan 541

The Great Recession Begins 544

Foreign Relations 551

The 2008 Election 554

Legacy of the George W. Bush Years 559

Suggestions for Further Reading 562

Chapter 14 Changing America 565

Barack Obama 565

The Obama Administration 567

The Evolving American Demography and Culture 576

Fine Arts 579

Television 582

Literature 585

Movies 587

Music 589

Sports 593

Changing American News Media 596

Americans Move to Right of Center 597

The Great Recession Worsens 603

The Quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan 606

Back to the Future? 610

Suggestions for Further Reading 611

Index 614

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)