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American Empire: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home, 1945-2000
Contributor(s): Freeman, Joshua B.
ISBN: 0143123491     ISBN-13: 9780143123491
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: August 2013
Annotation: Examines the movements and developments that propelled the United States to world dominance, covering the transformations of World War II, the tragedies that shaped American civic life, and the loss of individual liberty to private corporations.
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BISAC Categories:
- History | United States | 20th Century
Dewey: 973.92
LCCN: bl2013034276
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Series: Penguin History of Teh United States
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (1.10 lbs) 530 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): Joshua B. Freeman is a professor of history at Queens College and the Graduate Center of CUNY. He is the author of Working-Class New York. He lives in New York City.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 April #1)

Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center history professor Freeman examines a postwar dominant America, and it couldn't come at a better moment, when its citizens are rethinking its global influence. Covering the glory years of 1945–2000, Freeman is at his best when he turns his critical eye on America's turbulent internal affairs, delving into Truman's contested Fair Deal reforms, the McCarthy communist witch-hunts, Eisenhower's cautious civil rights record, LBJ's ambitious Great Society programs, Nixon's Watergate disgrace, the return of "corporate capitalism" and Reagan conservatism. Freeman deals with the Clinton administration's economic policies, which, he says, gave many Americans a higher standard of living, and global conflicts, followed by the Republican victory in 2000. Though at its peak, America's power exceeded that of the Roman and British empires in cultural, economic, military, and political terms, the nation's postwar dreams were never completely fulfilled, says Freeman. "And the 21st century's "prolonged warfare, fearfulness, and economic troubles... owe more than a little to decisions made in the earlier epoch." Freeman's epic survey provides a fuller understanding of America's postwar achievements and challenges, without the bias, drama, or despair of other books on these important issues. (Aug.)

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