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Contemporary America: Power, Dependency, and Globalization since 1980



Contemporary America: Power, Dependency, and Globalization since 1980

M. J. Heale

ISBN: 978-1-444-39687-4 May 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 328 Pages

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This history of America’s recent past focuses on the importance of the United States’ interaction with the outside world and includes detailed accounts of the presidencies of Reagan, Clinton and George W. Bush.
  • Provides a substantial account of the dramatic history of America since 1980, covering the Reagan years, the Clinton presidency, the impact of 9/11, the War on Terror, and the election of Barack Obama
  • Based on both secondary and primary resources, and includes research taken from newspapers, magazines, official documents, and memoirs
  • Written by a distinguished contemporary historian and a leading historian of the United States
  • Discusses the growing fragmentation of American society and the increasing distance between rich and poor under the impact of public policies and global forces
Series Editor's Preface.



1 Losing Control: The United States in 1980.

2 Borrowing as a Way of Life: A Dependent Economy and a Fragmenting Society.

3 Strangers in the Land: Open Borders and American Identity.

4 Glad Morning Again: A Reagan Revolution?

5 Reviving and Winning the Cold War.

6 The Morning After: The Limitations of Conservatism.

7 Gentleman George, Culture Wars, and the Return of Malaise.

8 Groping for a New World Order.

9 The Era of Globalization.

10 Porous Borders and Global Warming.

11 The New Age of Bill Clinton.

12 Democracy for the World.

13 The Comeback Kid v. the Gringrich Who Stole Christmas.

14 Since 2001: Decade of Crises.


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"Highly recommended. All levels/libraries." (Choice, 1 October 2011)