A Decade of Disruption: America in the New Millennium

A Decade of Disruption: America in the New Millennium

by Garrett Peck


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An eye-opening history evoking the disruptive first decade of the twenty-first century in America.

Dubya. The 9/11 terrorist attacks. Enron and WorldCom. The Iraq War. Hurricane Katrina. The disruptive nature of the internet. An anxious aging population redefining retirement. The gay community demanding full civil rights. A society becoming ever more “brown.” The housing bubble and the Great Recession. The historic election of Barack Obama—and the angry Tea Party reaction.

The United States experienced a turbulent first decade of the 21st century, tumultuous years of economic crises, social and technological change, and war. This “lost decade” (2000–2010) was bookended by two financial crises: the dot-com meltdown, followed by the Great Recession. Banks deemed “too big to fail” were rescued when the federal government bailed them out, but meanwhile millions lost their homes to foreclosure and witnessed the wipeout of their retirement savings.

The fallout from the Great Recession led to the hyper-polarized society of the years that followed, when populists ran amok on both the left and the right and Americans divided into two distinct tribes. A Decade of Disruption is a timely re-examination of the recent past that reveals how we’ve arrived at our current era of cultural division.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643134444
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 644,519
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.50(d)

About the Author

Garrett Peck, author of The Great War in America, is a historian who serves on the advisory council of the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Museum of American History, and the Smithsonian Institution. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 From Dot-com to Dot-bomb 1

2 Dubya 7

3 9/11 23

4 Scandals of the Decade 46

5 The Iraq War 64

6 Katrina 92

7 A Nation of Minorities 104

8 Gay in America 115

9 The National Pastime 139

10 A Smaller World 167

11 The New Retirement 184

12 The New Urbanism and the Housing Bubble 195

13 The Great Recession 208

14 The 2008 Election 223

15 Obama 243

16 The Tea Party Strikes Back 279

17 History Is Not Over 291

Acknowledgments 301

Bibliography 303

Notes 319

Index 341

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