American Dreams: The United States Since 1945

American Dreams: The United States Since 1945

by H. W. Brands
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American Dreams: The United States Since 1945 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Very easy and engaging to read for even the most novice of history readers. The book begins just at the conclusion of WWII when the U.S. realizes that it is the "last country standing" in terms of nuclear weapons and military capacity. This new feeling of power resonates throughout the civilian population as Americans enjoy economic prosperity and owe their military and economic success to the "American Dream" of hard work and dedication to republican values. The onset of the Cold War creates new outlets of public opinion in both foreign and domestic policy matters. The book does a great job chronically the major political, social, military, and cultural events of the Cold War era such as the creation of NATO, civil rights movement, Korea and Vietnam conflicts, and eventuall collapse of the Soviet system in Europe. The U.S. now finds itself as truely the "last one standing" in a new and violent world of terrorism. The culminating point through the fifty plus years of historymaking is that Americans have and will continue to pursue their dreams in hopes of achieving the American Dream and creating a life for thier children that is better their own. Overall a very fast read and excellent time warp to each of the pivotal events from 1945 to the present.