The American Dream: From Reconstruction to Reagan, Volume III
February 1996, Wiley-Blackwell
Ironically, this was the time when the USA emerged as the world's sole super-power. And the country remained - as it had been for almost all its history - the ideal destination for the poor and downtrodden of the world, a beacon of opportunity, hope and, above all, of liberty.
Introduction: From Appomattox to Reagan:.
1. The American Dream.
3. The Entrepreneurs.
4. The Presidency in the Gilded Age.
6. The Learned Presidency.
7. World War I.
8. Puritans in Babylon.
9. FDR and the New Deal.
10. World War II.
11. Harry S. Truman and the Cold War.
12. Ike, Supreme Commander in Europe.
13. JFK, LBJ, and Vietnam.
14. The Civil Rights Movement.
15. Nixon, Watergate and Kissinger.
16. Ronald Reagan: The Man who Won the Cold War.
17. The Fragmentation of the Dream.
- A vivid narrative account of the rise of the USA to economic pre-eminence in the 1920s and world political leadership in the 1990s
- In internal matters focusses on the three key linked themes of US history since the civil war - identity, race and immigration.
"Wright has produced a work that justifies his many years of scholarship and by virtue of its magnitude and vigour, makes it difficult to recognise their duration. It is unlikely that a comparable achievement will be forthcoming in the foreseeable future." The Times Higher Education Supplement
"It will stand as one of the most impressive achievements in historical scholarship and writing in the last years of this century... In this final volume we have a magnificent account which can be read and enjoyed - and occasionally disagreed with - by anyone who has lived through or observed some of these decades in the story of the world's only remaining super-power." Richard Mullen, Contemporary Review, Literary Supplement