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The American Century: 1963-1989, the watershed of Vietnam, the New Conservatismand beyond . . .
The "noble cause" of Vietnam was the longest war in America's history, the most unpopular war, and the first modern war America lost. Vietnam ended the belief that America had a duty to fight everywhere abroad for freedom. It polarized the country. It destroyed the illusion of American omnipotence. And it shattered our faith in the honesty and credibility of government.
This program traces America's involvement in and withdrawal from Vietnam, and the protests and rebellion that accompanied it. It also follows the electoral triumph of Richard Nixon, the growth of the imperial presidency, Nixon's successesincluding the great achievement of opening the door to Chinaand his devastating fall due to the consequences of a "third-rate burglary": Watergate.
Beyond the Nixon era lie the Camp David Accord, the takeover of the Iranian embassy, and the earthshaking changes brought about by the Reagan and the issues of the '80s, including right-to-life conflicts, the junk bond and S&L predators, and the dramatic rise of the New Conservatism and the religious right. Finally, the question arises: If the last hundred years have been this eventful, what incredible changes and challenges might we see in the next hundred?
Harold Evans, picture researcher Gail Buckland, and historical researcher Kevin Baker worked diligently to ensure accuracy throughout this landmark work. This audio program intrigues and involves, vividly bringing to life the power and passion of the American century, a century like no other.
What People are Saying About This
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.
Major and inspiring.
A sumptuous memory-book of an astonishing time.
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
Astute, evocative, challenging, wonderfully readable and gloriously illustrated history.
This is history to enjoy, engagingly written, splendidly illustrated. -- Author of A Bright and Shining Lie
A magnificent book. . .Evans has given America a wonderful end-of-the-century gift.
I much enjoyed it, as I think will all.