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Grand Expectations

Author: James T. Patterson
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 880
Release: 1996-04-18
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0199743959
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Beginning in 1945, America rocketed through a quarter-century of extraordinary economic growth, experiencing an amazing boom that soared to unimaginable heights in the 1960s. At one point, in the late 1940s, American workers produced 57 percent of the planet's steel, 62 percent of the oil, 80 percent of the automobiles. The U.S. then had three-fourths of the world's gold supplies. English Prime Minister Edward Heath later said that the United States in the post-War era enjoyed "the greatest prosperity the world has ever known." It was a boom that produced a national euphoria, a buoyant time of grand expectations and an unprecedented faith in our government, in our leaders, and in the American dream--an optimistic spirit which would be shaken by events in the '60s and '70s, and particularly by the Vietnam War. Now, in Grand Expectations, James T. Patterson has written a highly readable and balanced work that weaves the major political, cultural, and economic events of the period into a superb portrait of America from 1945 through Watergate. Here is an era teeming with memorable events--from the bloody campaigns in Korea and the bitterness surrounding McCarthyism to the assassinations of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King, to the Vietnam War, Watergate, and Nixon's resignation. Patterson excels at portraying the amazing growth after World War II--the great building boom epitomized by Levittown (the largest such development in history) and the baby boom (which exploded literally nine months after V-J Day)--as well as the resultant buoyancy of spirit reflected in everything from streamlined toasters, to big, flashy cars, to the soaring, butterfly roof of TWA's airline terminal in New York. And he shows how this upbeat, can-do mood spurred grander and grander expectations as the era progressed. Of course, not all Americans shared in this economic growth, and an important thread running through the book is an informed and gripping depiction of the civil rights movement--from the electrifying Brown v. Board of Education decision, to the violent confrontations in Little Rock, Birmingham, and Selma, to the landmark civil rights acts of 1964 and 1965. Patterson also shows how the Vietnam War--which provoked LBJ's growing credibility gap, vast defense spending that dangerously unsettled the economy, and increasingly angry protests--and a growing rights revolution (including demands by women, Hispanics, the poor, Native Americans, and gays) triggered a backlash that widened hidden rifts in our society, rifts that divided along racial, class, and generational lines. And by Nixon's resignation, we find a national mood in stark contrast to the grand expectations of ten years earlier, one in which faith in our leaders and in the attainability of the American dream was greatly shaken. The Oxford History of the United States The Oxford History of the United States is the most respected multi-volume history of our nation. The series includes three Pulitzer Prize winners, a New York Times bestseller, and winners of the Bancroft and Parkman Prizes. The Atlantic Monthly has praised it as "the most distinguished series in American historical scholarship," a series that "synthesizes a generation's worth of historical inquiry and knowledge into one literally state-of-the-art book." Conceived under the general editorship of C. Vann Woodward and Richard Hofstadter, and now under the editorship of David M. Kennedy, this renowned series blends social, political, economic, cultural, diplomatic, and military history into coherent and vividly written narrative.

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Hollywood Renaissance

Author: Sam B. Girgus
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 1998-08-13
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9780521625524
Rating: 4.1/5 (255 downloads)

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A study of how films from the late 1930s to the early 60s portrayed the American ideal.

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The Wolf at the Door

Author: Michael J. Graetz
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2020-02-18
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 0674246993
Rating: 4.6/5 (93 downloads)

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The acclaimed authors of Death by a Thousand Cuts argue that Americans care less about inequality than about their own insecurity. Michael Graetz and Ian Shapiro propose realistic policies and strategies to make lives and communities more secure. This is an age of crisis. That much we can agree on. But a crisis of what? And how do we get out of it? Many on the right call for tax cuts and deregulation. Others on the left rage against the top 1 percent and demand wholesale economic change. Voices on both sides line up against globalization: restrict trade to protect jobs. In The Wolf at the Door, two leading political analysts argue that these views are badly mistaken. Michael Graetz and Ian Shapiro focus on what really worries people: not what the rich are making but rather their own insecurity and that of people close to them. Americans are concerned about losing what they have, whether jobs, status, or safe communities. They fear the wolf at the door. The solution is not protectionism or class warfare but a return to the hard work of building coalitions around realistic goals and pursuing them doggedly through the political system. This, Graetz and Shapiro explain, is how earlier reformers achieved meaningful changes, from the abolition of the slave trade to civil rights legislation. The authors make substantial recommendations for increasing jobs, improving wages, protecting families suffering from unemployment, and providing better health insurance and child care, and they guide us through the strategies needed to enact change. These are achievable reforms that would make Americans more secure. The Wolf at the Door is one of those rare books that not only diagnose our problems but also show us how we can address them.

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Untrodden Ground

Author: Harold H. Bruff
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 566
Release: 2015-03-10
Genre: History
ISBN: 022621110X
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Examines constitutional innovations related to executive power made by each of the nation's forty-four presidents.

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The Cause

Author: Eric Alterman
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2012-04-12
Genre: History
ISBN: 1101577134
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The definitive history of American postwar liberalism, told through the lens of those who brought it to life. Liberalism stands proudly at the center of American politics and culture. Driven by passion for social justice, tempered by respect for the difficulty of change, liberals have struggled to end economic inequality, racial discrimination, and political repression. Liberals have fueled their cause with the promise of American life and visions of national greatness, seeking to transform the White House; the halls of Congress, the courts, the worlds of entertainment, law, media, and the course of public opinion. Bestselling author, journalist, and historian Eric Alterman, together with historian Kevin Mattson, traces the history of liberal ideals through the lives and struggles of fascinating personalities. The Cause tells the remarkable story of politicians, intellectuals, visionaries, activists, and public personalities battling for the heart and soul of the nation. The first full-scale treatment of postwar liberalism, The Cause offers an epic saga driven by stories of grand aspirations, principled ambitions, tragic flaws, and the ironies of history of the people who fought for America to live up to the highest ideals of its history.

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The Fate of Cities

Author: Roger Biles
Total Pages: 445
Release: 2011
Genre: History
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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The first major comprehensive treatment of urban revitalization in 35 years. Examines the federal government's relationship with urban America from the Truman through the Clinton administrations. Provides a telling critique of how, in the long run, government turned a blind eye to the fate of cities.

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Pat Nixon

Author: Mary C. Brennan
Publsiher: Modern First Ladies
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2011
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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Drawing on the first lady's recently released papers, as well as personal interviews with those who knew her, the author examines Pat Nixon's activism, her complicated relationship with her husband and much more.

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Welfare as We Knew it

Author: Charles Noble
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 210
Release: 1997
Genre: Social Science
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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Compared to other rich Western democracies, the United States historically has done less to help its citizens adapt to the uncertainties of life in a market economy. Nor does the immediate future seem to promise anything different. In Welfare As We Know It, Charles Noble offers a groundbreaking explanation of why America is so different, arguing that deeply rooted political factors, not public opinion, have limited what social reformers have been able to accomplish. Drawing on state-of-the-art research in comparative politics, history, and sociology, the book's first two chapters demonstrate that decentralized political institutions, a weak labor movement, and racial conflict have loaded the dice against progressive reform in the United States. Four historical chapters, spanning the twentieth century from the Wilson to the Clinton Administrations, show how this inhospitable political environment has shackled proponents of public provision at critical junctures. In two provocative concluding chapters, Noble considers the future of U.S. social policy, contending that reformers who want government to do more must refocus their activities on political and institutional change, such as campaign finance and labor-law reform, if they hope to transform social policy.

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Endless Frontier

Author: G. Pascal Zachary
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2018-01-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1501196464
Rating: 4.6/5 (64 downloads)

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A prodigiously researched biography of Vannevar Bush, one of America’s most awe-inspiring polymaths and the secret force behind the biggest technological breakthroughs of the twentieth century. As the inventor and public entrepreneur who launched the Manhattan Project, helped to create the military-industrial complex, conceived a permanent system of government support for science and engineering, and anticipated both the personal computer and the Internet, Vannevar Bush is the twentieth century’s Ben Franklin. In this engaging look at one of America’s most awe-inspiring polymaths, writer G. Pascal Zachary brings to life an American original—a man of his time, ours, and beyond. Zachary details how Bush cofounded Raytheon and helped build one of the most powerful early computers in the world at MIT. During World War II, he served as Roosevelt’s adviser and chief contact on all matters of military technology, including the atomic bomb. He launched the Manhattan Project and oversaw a collection of 6,000 civilian scientists who designed scores of new weapons. After the war, his attention turned to the future. He wrote essays that anticipated the rise of the Internet and boldly equated national security with research strength, outlining a system of permanent federal funding for university research that endures to this day. However, Bush’s hopeful vision of science and technology was leavened by an understanding of the darker possibilities. While cheering after witnessing the Trinity atomic test, he warned against the perils of a nuclear arms race. He led a secret appeal to convince President Truman not to test the Hydrogen Bomb and campaigned against the Red Scare. Elegantly and expertly relayed by Zachary, Vannevar’s story is a grand tour of the digital leviathan we know as the modern American life.

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Modern Republican

Author: David Stebenne
Total Pages: 363
Release: 2006
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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New biography takes a look at an Eisenhower-era political innovator.

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Author: William Barrows
Total Pages: 396
Release: 1885
Genre: Northwest boundary of the United States
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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Oberon Spell

Author: Eden St. Leonards
Total Pages: 328
Release: 1869
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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The Chautauquan

Total Pages: 794
Release: 1892
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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History of Stark County

Author: William Henry Perrin
Total Pages: 1012
Release: 1881
Genre: Stark County (Ohio)
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Total Pages: 722
Release: 1887
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A Noble Function

Author: Luke Krueger
Publsiher: Barricade Books Incorporated
Total Pages: 266
Release: 2007
Genre: Business & Economics
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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A nostalgic tribute to one of America's forefront moving companies describes the humble mom-and-pop beginnings of its founders, Sam and Anna Mary Shoen, in an account that credits the company's professional development, its self-improvement practices, and rapid American development as the source of its successes.

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Americans' Search for "victory" in the Twentieth Century

Author: Andrew Patrick Nicholas Erdmann
Total Pages: 612
Release: 2000
Genre: National characteristics, American
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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