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America in Our Time : From World War II to Nixon--What Happened and Why - Godfrey Hodgson

America in Our Time

From World War II to Nixon--What Happened and Why

Paperback Published: 26th September 2005
ISBN: 9780691122885
Number Of Pages: 608

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"America in Our Time" is a history of the turbulent years between the end of World War II and the fall of Richard Nixon. Focusing on the 1960s, the book debunks some of the myths about that much misremembered decade. Godfrey Hodgson pioneers the idea that in the 1950s a "liberal consensus" governed American politics, by which conservatives accepted the liberal domestic policy of the welfare state, while all but a few liberals shared the conservative foreign policy of Cold War "containment."

The book shows in rich detail how that consensus was shattered by the converging blows of racial upheaval, the Vietnam War, and a pervasive crisis of authority in American society, all the way from the family to the White House, opening the way for a new conservatism. Hodgson has added an afterword that looks back at the events covered in the book from the perspective of almost thirty years since it was published.

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Praise for the previous edition: "A critique so stimulating and compelling that I can only say read it."--Richard R. Lingeman, New York Times Praise for the previous edition: "[This book] simply gets right, without great fuss, the detail and proportion of things like the civil rights movement, student unrest, the stages of our Vietnam engagement."--Garry Wills, New York Review of Books Praise for the previous edition: "Probably the most important general account yet written of America since World War II."--Paul Starr, New Republic

Hyperionp. 3
The 1940sp. 17
Abundancep. 48
The ideology of the liberal consensusp. 67
The presidencyp. 99
The establishmentp. 111
The mediap. 134
The crisisp. 153
Black uprisingp. 179
Black separatismp. 200
Vietnam : the beginningp. 225
Economic consequencesp. 244
Fragmented consensusp. 263
The great schismp. 274
Telegraph Avenue, son of Madison Avenuep. 288
An invasion of centaursp. 306
Triumph and failure of a cultural revolutionp. 326
The end of consensusp. 353
The discovery of middle Americap. 365
War, peace and two Americasp. 384
More movements than movementp. 401
The capture of the new majorityp. 412
No crystal stairp. 429
Ideology and consensusp. 463
Puzzled and prosperingp. 491
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ISBN: 9780691122885
ISBN-10: 0691122881
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 26th September 2005
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Type: Revised