Recent America: The United States Since 1945, 3rd Edition
January 2011, ©2011, Wiley-Blackwell
Building upon the tradition set forth by Dewey Grantham in the first and second editions of his highly readable and informative survey history of the United States since World War II, Thomas Maxwell-Long brings new perspectives and explores new realities that Americans did not face even as recently as the turn of the century. The result provides students with an engaging, well-rounded, and thoughtfully illustrated narrative that reconstructs history and also makes strong connections between the present and the past.
Preface and Acknowledgments xi
Chapter 1 The Transition from WWII to the Cold War: Confrontation and Containment 1
Chapter 2 Harry Truman, the Korean War, and the Politics of Stalemate 45
Chapter 3 Politics of Moderation: Eisenhower, the New Look, and Brinksmanship 87
Chapter 4 Leading the World: Economic Expansion, Affluence, and Social Change 134
Chapter 5 Inspiration, Crises, and Tragedy: John F. Kennedy and the New Frontier 181
Chapter 6 The Culture of Affluence and Anxiety: Postwar America 226
Chapter 7 Great Changes, Great Failings: LBJ, the Great Society, and the Vietnam War 263
Chapter 8 The End of Innocence: National Limits, Richard Nixon, and Watergate 321
Chapter 9 The Search for Solutions in a “Crisis of Confidence” 378
Chapter 10 The Reagan Revolution and Return of Confidence 413
Chapter 11 The United States and the New World Order 450
Chapter 12 The Booming Nineties: Clinton, Impeachment, and the High Flying Economy 473
Chapter 13 Time of Tragedy: George W. Busch, 9/11, Two Wars, and the Great Recession 507
Chapter 14 Changing America 565
Dewey W. Grantham was a specialist in twentieth-century American history and the Holland N. McTyeire Professor of History Emeritus at Vanderbilt University, which he taught for many years. He received a doctorate from the University of North Carolina, and in Chapel Hill was a student of Professor Fletcher M. Green. His special interests included modern American politics and public policy, the evolution of presidential leadership, and the role of regionalism in the United States. Professor Grantham was active in the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and was president of the Southern Historical Association, whose Charles S Sydnor Award he won.
Thomas Maxwell-Long received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Riverside. He has published several articles on various themes in United States history four other books, including Watergate and the Resignation of Richard Nixon, with Harry P Jeffrey, and is co-author with John W. Dean III of the forthcoming books The Watergate Cover-up Trial. He is the Associate Director of California State University San Bernadino’s Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies and Assistant Professor of history, where he teaches courses in the fields of U.S. and Native American history as well as in Public History.
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