America Since 1945 Penquin Academic Edition

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  • Copyright: 2011-06-28
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America Since 1945is an engaging narrative from bestselling Historian H.W. Brands that tells of an America at the apex of global power with dreams of prosperity and limitless power as the second half of the century lay ahead. Brands traces the events and their significance, in addition to how they are connected, that have shaped America since 1945. The booktells of a country that had vanquished the despair and poverty of the Great Depression, conquered the evil of militant fascism during World War II and was looking ahead with infinite promise. Brands details the changes America has gone through since 1945 to reveal the themes and ambitions that have driven America, all while capturing the national experiences of the last six decades to bare the still unfolding legacy of dreams born out of a global upheaval.   America Since 1945is the Penguin Academic Edition of bestseller Brands' America Dreams, which chronicles the events and circumstances that have guided America from Okinawa to the Great Recession.

Author Biography

H. W. Brands

H.W. Brands is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of numerous works of history and international affairs, including The Devil We Knew: Americans and the Cold War (1993), Into the Labyrinth: The United States and the Middle East (1994), The Reckless Decade: America in the 1890s (1995), TR: The Last Romantic (a biography of Theodore Roosevelt) (1997), What America Owes the World: The Struggle for the Soul of Foreign Policy (1998), The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (2000), The Strange Death of American Liberalism (2001), The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream (2002), Woodrow Wilson (2003) and Andrew Jackson (2005). His writing has received critical and popular acclaim. The First American was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a national bestseller. He lectures frequently across North America and in Europe. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Atlantic Monthly. He is a regular guest on radio and television and has participated in several historical documentary films.


Table of Contents

MySearchLab Connectionsp. xi
Prefacep. xiv
About the Authorp. xv
Visions of Omnipotence: 1945-1965
Last One Standing: 1945-1946p. 1
Sunrise at Alamogordop. 1
The Looming Shadowp. 4
The Dynamo of Ambitionp. 6
When Johnny Comes Marching Homep. 10
What (Else) Roosevelt Hath Wroughtp. 14
Flames and a Kissp. 16
Review Questionsp. 19
Suggested Readingsp. 19
MySearchLab Connectionsp. 20
The War That Never Ended: 1946-1948p. 21
Mild about Harryp. 21
Sounding the Tocsinp. 24
A Concept and a Doctrinep. 27
Cold War Dissentersp. 30
A Man with a Planp. 32
One If by Land, Two If by Airp. 34
Dewey? Or Don't We?p. 36
Review Questionsp. 39
Suggested Readingsp. 39
MySearchLab Connectionsp. 39
Agnostics and Believers: 1949-1954p. 40
Institutionalizing the Revolutionp. 40
The China Syndromep. 42
Tail-Gunner Joep. 44
Redefining the Perimeterp. 48
Liking Ikep. 52
The Quiet Americansp. 54
The Shadow Lengthensp. 57
Review Questionsp. 59
Suggested Readingsp. 59
MySearchLab Connectionsp. 59
The Golden Age of the Middle Class: 1955-1960p. 60
Boom!p. 60
General Eisenhower, Meet General Motorsp. 62
The Magic Kingdom and the Kingp. 64
Our Town, Your Townp. 67
Men in Gray Flannel Suitsp. 69
On the Roadp. 72
From the Back of the Busp. 73
Before the Eyes of the Worldp. 78
Reheating the Cold Warp. 80
The Heavens Abovep. 82
A Cold War Complexp. 85
Review Questionsp. 86
Suggested Readingsp. 86
MySearchLab Connectionsp. 87
Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight: 1961-1965p. 88
The New Frontiersmenp. 88
To the Brinkp. 91
Dreams of a Better Dayp. 95
Lyndon Johnson's Stetsonp. 101
Free at last?p. 104
A Greater Societyp. 107
Crossing the Bridgep. 110
Review Questionsp. 113
Suggested Readingsp. 113
MySearchLab Connectionsp. 113
The Twilight of Liberalism: 1965-1986
Paved with Good Intentions: 1965-1968p. 114
What Asian Boys Ought To Be Doingp. 114
A New Warp. 118
Into the Junglep. 122
Summer of Lovep. 125
Summers of Violencep. 127
Hey, Hey, LBJ …p. 131
The Handwriting on the Embassy Wallp. 133
Review Questionsp. 135
Suggested Readingsp. 136
MySearchLab Connectionsp. 136
The Triumph of Cynicism: 1968-1974p. 137
The Cruelest Seasonp. 137
The Rise of Richard Nixonp. 139
The Highest Groundp. 142
Means and Endsp. 145
From Beijing to Moscow …p. 147
… to Parisp. 149
NOW or Neverp. 150
It's Not the Crime, It's the Cover-Upp. 154
Review Questionsp. 160
Suggested Readingsp. 160
MySearchLab Connectionsp. 160
Days of Malaise: 1974-1979p. 162
Dirty Laundry and Family Jewelsp. 162
Running on Emptyp. 165
A Ford, Not a Lincoln; a Carter, Not a Fordp. 170
Beyond Containmentp. 172
Neither Confidence …p. 175
… Nor Decisivenessp. 176
Trapped in Tehranp. 178
The Bad News Gets Worsep. 181
Review Questionsp. 183
Suggested Readingsp. 183
MySearchLab Connectionsp. 184
South by Southwest: 1979-1983p. 185
From Hollywood to Washingtonp. 185
Standing Tallp. 189
The Only Good Tax …p. 192
With God on Our Sidep. 193
Dawn for the Sunbeltp. 198
Red Ink and Red Tapep. 201
Review Questionsp. 204
Suggested Readingsp. 204
MySearchLab Connectionsp. 205
Fire or Iceland: 1983-1987p. 206
Touch Talk, Soft Walk?p. 206
Whose Side Are We On?p. 208
Bombed in Beirutp. 210
Nails in the Liberal Coffinp. 212
To Tehran with Chocolatep. 214
Beyond the Closetp. 218
Apocalypse over Manhattanp. 222
So Closep. 224
Review Questionsp. 228
Suggested Readingsp. 228
MySearchLab Connectionsp. 228
Silicon Schemes and Global Connections: 1987-2009
History Without End: 1987-1991p. 229
St. Alan and the Dragonp. 229
Just Say … Maybe?p. 231
Their Wayp. 233
Soft Landingp. 237
Who's Next?p. 239
Bush v. Saddam (I)p. 242
The World in Real Timep. 246
Review Questionsp. 250
Suggested Readingsp. 250
MySearchLab Connectionsp. 250
The Good Old Bad Old Days: 1992-1996p. 251
Read Their Lips: No Second Termp. 251
Don't Ask or Tellp. 253
One Plus One Equals … ?p. 255
His Airnessp. 258
First Glimpses of a New Specterp. 261
Both Sides Blinkedp. 263
Missing the Cold Warp. 267
Review Questionsp. 271
Suggested Readingsp. 271
MySearchLab Connectionsp. 272
Culture Clash: 1996-2000p. 273
Not Since FDRp. 273
Slick Willy in the Starr Chamberp. 275
Sex, Lies, and Politicsp. 280
Bubble and Boilp. 283
The Battle of Seattlep. 287
Not Quite War, Not Quite Peacep. 292
Review Questionsp. 295
Suggested Readingsp. 295
MySearchLab Connectionsp. 295
Blowback: 2000-2004p. 296
Bush 5, Gore 4p. 296
That Old Time Religionp. 299
September 11p. 300
A New Kind of Warp. 304
Strike One, Strike Twop. 307
The Road to Baghdadp. 311
The Morning Afterp. 313
Review Questionsp. 317
Suggested Readingsp. 317
MySearchLab Connectionsp. 317
Still Dreaming: 2005-2009p. 318
The Changing Climate of Climate Changep. 318
The Golden Door-and a Concrete Wall?p. 321
Wiredp. 324
Shades of the Thirtiesp. 326
Dreams of His Fatherp. 328
Franklin Delano Obama?p. 330
Still Dreamingp. 332
Review Questionsp. 334
Suggested Readingsp. 334
MySearchLab Connectionsp. 335
Creditsp. 336
Indexp. 337
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