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American Dreams

The United States Since 1945

H. W. Brands - Author

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ISBN 9780143119555 | 432 pages | 31 May 2011 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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The story of our nation from the A-bomb to the iPhone-from bestselling historian H.W. Brands

With keen insight and an impeccable sense of the spirit of the times, H. W. Brands, one of today's preeminent historians, captures the American experience through the last six decades. As he chronicles politics, pop culture, and everything in between, Brands traces the changes we have gone through as a nation, recounting the great themes and events that have driven America- from the Yalta conference to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Apollo 11 to 9/11, My Lai to "shock and awe." In his adroit hands, movements and trends unfold through a character- driven narrative that shines a brilliant light on America's watershed moments and reveals a still unfolding legacy of dreams.

Preface


I VISIONS OF OMNIPOTENCE: 1945-1965

1 Last One Standing: 1945-1946

2 The War That Never Ended: 1946-1948

3 Agnostics and Believers: 1949-1954

4 The Golden Age of the Middle Class: 1955-1960

5 Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight: 1961-1965


II THE TWILIGHT OF LIBERALISM: 1965-1986

6 Paved with Good Intentions: 1965-1968

7 The Triumph of Cynicism: 1968-1974

8 Days of Malaise: 1974-1979

9 South by Southwest: 1979-1983

10 Fire or Iceland: 1983-1986


III SILICON SCHEMES AND GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: 1987-2010

11 History Without End: 1987-1991

12 The Good Old Bad Old Days: 1992-1996

13 Culture Clash: 1996-2000

14 Blowback: 2000-2004

15 Still Dreaming: 2005-2010


Acknowledgments

Notes

Index


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