The Resource American dreams : the United States since 1945, H.W. Brands

American dreams : the United States since 1945, H.W. Brands

Label
American dreams : the United States since 1945
Title
American dreams
Title remainder
the United States since 1945
Statement of responsibility
H.W. Brands
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • From bestselling historian H.W. Brands, an incisive chronicle of the events and trends that guided--and sometimes misguided--our nation from the A-bomb to the iPhone. Ultimately Brands captures the national experience through the last six decades and reveals the still-unfolding legacy of dreams born out of a global cataclysm
  • "For a brief, bright moment in 1945, America stood at its apex, looking back on victory not only against the Axis powers but against the Great Depression, and looking ahead to seemingly limitless power and promise. What we've done with that power and promise over the past six decades is a vitally important and fascinating topic that has rarely been tackled in one volume, and never by a historian of H.W. Brands's stature. As American Dreams opens, Brands shows us a country dramatically different from our own today--more unequal in social terms but more equal economically, more religious and rural but also more liberal and more wholeheartedly engaged with the rest of the world. As he traces the changes we have gone through as a nation, he reveals the great themes and dreams that have driven America: the rising focus on individual rights and pleasures, the growing distance between our global goals and those of the rest of the world, and the inexorable dissolution of a shared sense of what it means to be American. In Brands's adroit hands, these trends unfold through a character-driven narrative that sheds brilliant light on the obvious highs and lows--from Watergate to the Berlin Wall, from Apollo 11 to 9/11, from My Lai to shock and awe. But he also chronicles the surprising impact of less celebrated events and trends. Through his eyes, we realize the sweeping significance of the immigration reforms of the 19605, which gradually transformed American society. We come to grasp the vast impact of abandoning the gold standard in 1971, which enabled both globalization and the recent financial crisis. We ponder the unnerving results of CNN's debut in 1979, which sped up the news cycle and permanently changed our foreign policy by putting its effects live on our TV screens. Blending political and cultural history with his keen sense of the spirit of the times, Brands captures the national experience through the last six decades and reveals the still unfolding legacy of dreams born out of a global cataclysm."--Dust jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brands, H. W
Dewey number
  • 973.9
  • 306.0973
Index
index present
LC call number
E741
LC item number
.B685 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Whitman College
  • Whitman College
  • United States
  • United States
  • National characteristics, American
Label
American dreams : the United States since 1945, H.W. Brands
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-400) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. Visions of omnipotence: 1945-1965. Last one standing: 1945-1946 ; The war that never ended: 1946-1948 ; Agnostics and believers: 1949-1954 ; The golden age of the middle class: 1955-1960 ; Abraham Lincoln walks at midnight: 1961-1965 -- II. The twilight of liberalism: 1965-1986. Paved with good intentions: 1965-1968 ; The triumph of cynicism: 1968-1974 ; Days of malaise: 1974-1979 ; South by southwest: 1979-1983 ; Fire or Iceland: 1983-1986 -- III. Silicon schemes and global connections: 1987-2009. History without end: 1987-1991 ; The good old bad old days: 1992-1996 ; Culture clash: 1996-2000 ; Blowback: 2000-2004 ; Still dreaming: 2005-2010
Control code
ocn466335886
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 420 pages
Isbn
9781594202629
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2009046862
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)466335886
Label
American dreams : the United States since 1945, H.W. Brands
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-400) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. Visions of omnipotence: 1945-1965. Last one standing: 1945-1946 ; The war that never ended: 1946-1948 ; Agnostics and believers: 1949-1954 ; The golden age of the middle class: 1955-1960 ; Abraham Lincoln walks at midnight: 1961-1965 -- II. The twilight of liberalism: 1965-1986. Paved with good intentions: 1965-1968 ; The triumph of cynicism: 1968-1974 ; Days of malaise: 1974-1979 ; South by southwest: 1979-1983 ; Fire or Iceland: 1983-1986 -- III. Silicon schemes and global connections: 1987-2009. History without end: 1987-1991 ; The good old bad old days: 1992-1996 ; Culture clash: 1996-2000 ; Blowback: 2000-2004 ; Still dreaming: 2005-2010
Control code
ocn466335886
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 420 pages
Isbn
9781594202629
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2009046862
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)466335886

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