About this title America Divided: The Civil War of the s, Fifth Edition, is the definitive interpretive survey of the political, social, and cultural history of s America. Written by two top experts on the era--Maurice Isserman, a historian of American radicalism, and Michael Kazin, a specialist in social movements--this book provides a compelling tale of this tumultuous era filled with fresh and persuasive insights. Review: "An impressive achievement. The most comprehensive, comprehensible history of the American s that I know. Isserman and Kazin grapple with the abundant paradoxes of an era of youthful activism and resurgent conservatism, of sexual revolution and religious revival, of naive political optimism and growing distrust in government. Their compelling narrative helps make sense of the most contentious political and cultural debates of our time.
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Start your review of America Divided: The Civil War of the s Write a review Shelves: read-in , history America Divided is a very thorough review of the political, social, and cultural history of the s. The 60s begin with a new era of democratic politics, moving away from the conservative leadership of Dwight D.
The young Catholic John F. Kennedy wins the presidency taking on a new age of liberalism. Cuba and America Divided is a very thorough review of the political, social, and cultural history of the s. A conservative revival and the war brings another change leading to the election of Richard Nixon in the latter part of the decade. This was the decade that marginalized groups yearned to be heard and to gain equal rights for women, Blacks, Chicanos, and LGBT.
This book covers it all and covers it well. Although this book is intended as a scholarly read, for use as a text for history students, it is very readable and a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about this era. The book actually starts in the mids, laying the ground with the mindset of the nation in the post-war era. It continues chronologically through the mids and the resignation of Nixon after the Watergate debacle, but the meatiest part of the text centers on the 60s.
It is a somewhat short book yet very thorough. The perfect resource for the 60s. Kennedys assassination, civil rights, and youth counterculture to name a few. But if the shelves of my local library are any indication there is a paucity of comprehensive histories of the decade.
America Divided is just that. The two authors, university history professors, were part of a politicized generation of college students in the 60s, as was I. In their book they look back at that decade from a more professional perspective.
I read it from a less emotional perspective than any of us had at the time. Does it change my opinion of some of the central cast of characters?
The authors present Jack Kennedy as substantially less effective than he was popular and LBJ is not portrayed as quite as bad as was generally thought. Nixon, on the other hand, was Nixon. And there is no getting around the conclusion that the Vietnam War needlessly dragged my generation into a place where they slaughtered and were slaughtered.
So those are central themes running through the book. Some chapters are organized topically taking us through the whole decade. Some others focus on particularly eventful years like and This is both a smart and thorough account of what seemed at the time like a transformative decade in American history and is also a pretty good read.
America divided : the civil war of the 1960s
America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s
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