The American Century 1945-1965 (4 Cassettes)

Overview

Franklin D. Roosevelt's World War II dream of one world living in peace and prosperity, its quarrels settled in a United Nations, did not long survive. Almost as soon as the shooting stopped, the United States and the Soviet Union divided the world into two armed camps and began the Cold War ? a war that would last nearly fifty years.

This program traces the progress of the Cold War, the much hotter war in Korea, and the CIA-planned coups in ...

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Overview

Franklin D. Roosevelt's World War II dream of one world living in peace and prosperity, its quarrels settled in a United Nations, did not long survive. Almost as soon as the shooting stopped, the United States and the Soviet Union divided the world into two armed camps and began the Cold War — a war that would last nearly fifty years.

This program traces the progress of the Cold War, the much hotter war in Korea, and the CIA-planned coups in Guatemala and Iran. On the home front, we follow the growth and collapse of the specter of McCarthyism.

In another arena the images are in black versus white, as the civil rights movement gathers momentum and sit-ins shake the South. The launch of Sputnik,I sends a chill through the nation and catapults us into the space race. And, as the presidency of Truman gives way to that of Dwight Eisenhower and then to the hairbreadth victory of John F. Kennedy over Richard Nixon, new words and phrases enter our national vocabulary. Camelot. The Bay of Pigs. The Cuban Missile Crisis. Dealey Plaza.

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Editorial Reviews

Parade
It powerfully and penetratingly recounts this country's history.
Robert J Samuelson
A genuine achievement. He has ranged over an immense field. . .The result satisfies and surprises. . .and [is] worth every penny.
Los Angeles Times
Sean Wilentz
A work of history that lives and breathes and wonderfully instructs. . .splendidly illustrated. . .Evans explores his century with energy and wit.
New Yorker
Library Journal
President and publisher at Random House until a year ago, when he became editorial director of the Daily News, U.S. News and World Report, and the Atlantic Monthly, Britisher Evans has probably been here long enough to write this chronicle of U.S. dominance in this century.
Library Journal
President and publisher at Random House until a year ago, when he became editorial director of the Daily News, U.S. News and World Report, and the Atlantic Monthly, Britisher Evans has probably been here long enough to write this chronicle of U.S. dominance in this century.
David S. Reynolds
Evans has [written] 'an accessible popular political history'. . . .His innovation is his . . .seasoned analysis of [the] information. . . .Evans has created a gallery of [900] images striking in its variety and pungency, representative without being hackneyed. . . .Equally striking are the book's pictures of average folk caught in socially resonant circumstances. -- The New York Times Book Review
Parade
It powerfully and penetratingly recounts this country's history.
Robert J Samuelson
A genuine achievement. He has ranged over an immense field. . .The result satisfies and surprises. . .and [is] worth every penny. -- The Los Angeles Times
Sean Wilentz
A work of history that lives and breathes and wonderfully instructs. . .splendidly illustrated. . .Evans explores his century with energy and wit. -- The New Yorker
Kirkus Reviews
Evans (Good Times, Bad Times), former president of the Random House Trade Group and presently editorial director of the New York Daily News, US News and World Report, and The Atlantic Monthly, offers a brisk narrative history of America in the 20th century, giving equal weight to 'the personalities and events of America's second century.' The animating idea of the book, announced in its first pages, is that 'America was more than merely the latest phase of a long succession of experiments in man's social history. It worked because the effort was inspired by the inner light of freedom. Democracy delivered.' And while Evans can be tersely critical of American foreign policy (especially of policies pursued in the second half of the century), he generally holds closely to his central thesis, offering a text that touches on all of the major social and political events of the century (from the Spanish-American War up to the Presidency of George Bush) while stressing, in each one, its impact on the evolving American identity... A handsome overview of America in recent times.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559275262
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Publication date: 11/15/1998
  • Series: American Century Series
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 4.58 (w) x 7.02 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Harold Evans

Harold Evans is Editorial Director and Vice Chairman of U.S. News & World Report, Atlantic Monthly, and the New York Daily News. He was President and Publisher of the Random House Trade Group from 1990 to 1997. from 1967 to 1981 he was the prize-winning editor of The Sunday Times of London, and from 1981-1982, editor of The Times of London. He lives in New York City with his wife, Tina Brown, and their two children.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Why it Can be Called the American Century
Ch. 1 The Last Frontier 1889-1893 2
Ch. 2 Showdown for Democracy 1890-1898 20
Ch. 3 The Lure of Empire 1898-1905 48
Ch. 4 Old and New Americans 1880-1910 82
Ch. 5 Workers Take a Stand 1893-1916 106
Ch. 6 Good Times, Bad Times 1914-1920 140
Ch. 7 The Turmoil of Normalcy 1920-1929 180
Ch. 8 The Dream Turns to Dust 1929-1939 218
Ch. 9 The Road to World War II 1936-1941 282
Ch. 10 The Citadel of Democracy 1941-1945 314
Ch. 11 America Leads 1945-1956 386
Ch. 12 The Dawn of a New Freedom 1954-1965 452
Ch. 13 The War of Lost Illusions 1963-1975 522
Ch. 14 The Imperial Presidency 1972-1980 566
Ch. 15 Put Out More Flags 1981-1989 612
Afterword: Let Freedom Ring 653
Acknowledgments 665
Photographic Acknowledgments 665
Bibliography 665
Index 665
Illustration Credits 665
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