The American Century 1945-1965 (4 Cassettes)

The American Century 1945-1965 (4 Cassettes)

by Harold Evans, Ira Claffey
     
 

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

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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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Edition description:
Abridged
Product dimensions:
4.58(w) x 7.02(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

Gen. Colin Powell
A riveting, panoramic sweep of the forces of the last century that shaped today's America. . .the exciting story of who we are, how we got there, and where we might be headed. . . .A book every family should have.
Vartan Gregorian
Major and inspiring.
Geoffrey C. Ward
A sumptuous memory-book of an astonishing time.
Shelby Foote
In a style at once trenchant and easygoing, Harold Evans leads us on a walk through the century now drawing to a close, taking us back over ground that far too many of us have let slip from our memories. -- Author of The Civil War
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
Astute, evocative, challenging, wonderfully readable and gloriously illustrated history.
Neil Sheehan
This is history to enjoy, engagingly written, splendidly illustrated. -- Author of A Bright and Shining Lie
Stanley I. Kutler
A magnificent book. . .Evans has given America a wonderful end-of-the-century gift.
John Kenneth Galbraith
I much enjoyed it, as I think will all.

Meet the Author

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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