Beginning with Woodrow Wilson and U.S. entry into World War I and closing with the Great Depression, The Perils of Prosperity traces the transformation of America from an agrarian, moralistic, isolationist nation into a liberal, industrialized power involved in foreign affairs in spite of itself.
William E. Leuchtenburg's lively yet balanced account of this hotly debated era in American history has been a standard text for many years. This substantial revision gives greater weight to the roles of women and minorities in the great changes of the era and adds new insights into literature, the arts, and technology in daily life. He has also updated the lists of important dates and resources for further reading.
“This book gives us a rare opportunity to enjoy the matured interpretation of an American Historian who has returned to the story and seen how recent decades have added meaning and vividness to this epoch of our history.”—Daniel J. Boorstin, from the Preface
|Publisher:||University of Chicago Press|
|Series:||Chicago History of American Civilization|
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|File size:||386 KB|
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William E Leuchtenburg’s The Perils of Prosperity starts from the era of industrialization of the United States to the depression of the 1930s, analyzing the majority of important events in between. He starts out by discussing 1800s colonization and how it would soon impact the United States. He then moves onto the “war to end all wars” and how it was caused and its effects on American culture, economy, and politics. He uses the same style of writing throughout the book with many more significant events. The underlying message throughout the book was that the United States had assumed a power that they were not ready for and how drastic American beliefs would be so different if a certain event never occurred, or occurred at a different time or place. If a reader is interested in the history of 1920s America, this is a great book because it provides a plethora of analysis and detail that it would be helpful to anyone studying the era. While this book is made for college level history students, it should be a reasonable read for anyone interested in the 1920s and depression era. I did like the amount of detail that the author used: the amount of events, places, people, and things being analyzed to create an in-depth view of what happened during the time. One thing that readers may get bored with is the constant Point-Evidence- Analysis type of writing that the author uses making people that do not have a strong interest in history disinterested. Overall I give the book a 4 out of 5 for the dedication of the author for providing an in-depth view of the early 1900s and providing analysis to make the points credible.