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America transformed [electronic resource] : sixty years of revolutionary change, 1941-2001 /
Richard M. Abrams.
imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
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xix, 345 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521862469 (hardback)
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
isbn
0521862469 (hardback)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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8109830
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-08-01:
Drawing on a lifetime of work, Abrams (Berkeley) argues that the US was transformed from 1941 to 2001 by eight interrelated revolutions, beginning with the spread of affluence and concluding with revolutions in race relations, gender roles, and sexual behavior. In his book's first half, Abrams traces the dramatically expanded role of the US in world affairs and the ascendancy of the military-industrial establishment and multinational corporations. A bit more problematically, the author cites the "demise of privacy" as an equally important change. He devotes the second half of his book to analyzing the decline of the liberal coalition and the rise of conservatives. While Abrams concludes this section with a description of the Reagan revolution, he does not contend that this "counterrevolution" has successfully reversed the revolutions of the post-WW II decades. Some will fault the author for paying too little attention to major demographic trends, especially the move to the Sunbelt and suburbs; others will find his discussion of Reagan's presidency and the 1990s as too polemical and thin, respectively, or both. Overall, the book provides an adequate overview of recent US history. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. P. B. Levy York College of Pennsylvania
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"...readers can dip into most chapters as separate essays, and those who do will be richly rewarded by the author's sprightly style and thought-provoking insights." -Susan M. Hartmann, Journal of Cold War Studies
"Some readers will take heart and others take umbrage at the chiaroscuro in Richard Abrams' bold thematic portrait. None will deny that his wisdom on politics, business, culture, and law -- plus heartfelt good will -- glimmer from every page. America Transformed is both autopsy and eulogy for the liberal vision of what America might have become." Walter A. McDougall, University of Pennsylvania
'This spirited book synthesizes the scholarly wisdom of a lifetime. The provocative result nicely captures the major changes in American life over the course of the last sixty years.' Edward D. Berkowitz, George Washington University
"This spirited monograph synthesizes the scholarly wisdom of a lifetime. The provocative result nicely captures the major changes in American life over the course of the last sixty years." Edward D. Berkowitz, George Washington University and author of Something Happened: A Political and Cultural Overview of the Seventies
This spirited monograph synthesizes the scholarly wisdom of a lifetime. The provocative result nicely captures the major changes in American life over the course of the last sixty years.” Edward D. Berkowitz, George Washington University and author of Something Happened: A Political and Cultural Overview of the Seventies
Though covering a well-known era of American history, Abrams' use of sources and economic analyses is both innovative and imaginative. Rather than accepting change over time, he originally explains the role of elites in accounting for historical changes in the course of his Eight Revolutions. Again and again, this analysis shows how popular perceptions need to be explained by reality. Look, too, at his insightful dismantling of liberal society over those tumultuous years. Additionally, Abrams boldly looks into the morality of historical events, though his use of morals is not traditional: rather it is to test policies and actions against the values in the making of the American past. In sum, this is historical analysis at its best.” Carl N. Degler, Stanford University, Emeritus
In a volume that synthesizes a lifetime of thinking and teaching about the twentieth century, Richard Abrams offers a shrewd, insightful, and always original interpretation of American life during the six momentously charged decades since 1941. Abrams tells the political and economic story, considers social and cultural trends, and examines both the intellectual mainstream and the odd, telling moment. Clever, witty, and fresh, this book serves not a bland pabulum but a flavorful, one might even say, somewhat peppery and spicy, dish of American history.” William J. Rorabaugh, University of Washington and author of Kennedy and the Promise of the Sixties
In the hands of a lesser scholar, Abrams' approach using learned essays and meditations about American history might not have succeeded, for it requires considerable erudition on the part of the author and a high level of trust on the part of the reader. Fortunately Abrams is nothing if not learned, and he definitely inspires trust. From beginning to end, he raises major issues and probes difficult problems. Thanks to the caliber of his mind and the breadth of his reading, he is more than equal to the task.” Jim Jones, University of Arkansas
'In the hands of a lesser scholar, Abrams' approach using learned essays and meditations about American history might not have succeeded, for it requires considerable erudition on the part of the author and a high level of trust on the part of the reader. Fortunately Abrams is nothing if not learned, and he definitely inspires trust. From beginning to end, he raises major issues and probes difficult problems. Thanks to the caliber of his mind and the breadth of his reading, he is more than equal to the task.' Jim Jones, University of Arkansas
'Though covering a well-known era of American history, Abrams' use of sources and economic analyses is both innovative and imaginative. Rather than accepting change over time, he originally explains the role of elites in accounting for historical changes in the course of his Eight Revolutions. Again and again, this analysis shows how popular perceptions need to be explained by reality. Look, too, at his insightful dismantling of liberal society over those tumultuous years. Additionally, Abrams boldly looks into the morality of historical events, though his use of morals is not traditional: rather it is to test policies and actions against the values in the making of the American past. In sum, this is historical analysis at its best.' Carl N. Degler, Stanford University, Emeritus
"In a volume that synthesizes a lifetime of thinking and teaching about the twentieth century, Richard Abrams offers a shrewd, insightful, and always original interpretation of American life during the six momentously charged decades since 1941. Abrams tells the political and economic story, considers social and cultural trends, and examines both the intellectual mainstream and the odd, telling moment. Clever, witty, and fresh, this book serves not a bland pabulum but a flavorful, one might even say, somewhat peppery and spicy, dish of American history." William J. Rorabaugh, University of Washington and author of Kennedy and the Promise of the Sixties
'By writing about U.S. History since 1941 thematically yet comprehensively, Richard Abrams is able to give focused attention to many of the forces that profoundly affected the nation in the last two thirds of a century. Concentrating on topics such as privacy, science and technology, manners and morals, corporate reorganizations, and the power of elites, he illuminates what he persuasively reveals as the revolutionary forces that transformed the nation.' Daniel Horowitz, Smith College
By writing about U.S. History since 1941 thematically yet comprehensively, Richard Abrams is able to give focused attention to many of the forces that profoundly affected the nation in the last two thirds of a century. Concentrating on topics such as privacy, science and technology, manners and morals, corporate reorganizations, and the power of elites, he illuminates what he persuasively reveals as the revolutionary forces that transformed the nation.” Daniel Horowitz, Smith College
"America Transformed is a cogent and provocative synthesis of our nation's history since World War II. It provides a crisp account of dramatic changes that have occurred in diverse dimensions of American life, while also conveying deep, and disturbing, reservations about the recent trajectory of American policy, both domestic and international." Alex Keyssar, Harvard University
"To make sense of wrenching changes in American society, culture, and politics since the United States entered World War II, this engaging, synthetic account by Berkeley historian Richard M. Abrams presents a potent narrative of revolution and counterrevolution...This book is good history and it is, at the same time, determinedly political-a combination, posing no difficulty in principle, that grants the book its vigor...Abrams narrates the rise to the Republican Right to power with finesse." -Business History Review
"To make sense of wrenching changes in American society, culture, and politics since the United States entered World War II, this engaging, synthetic account by Berkeley historian Richard M. Abrams presents a potent narrative of revolution and counterrevolution...This book is good history and it is, at the same time, deter minedly political'”a combination, posing no difficulty in principle, that grants the book its vigor." Business History Review
"Adams has produced a bold, original work that deserves a wide readership. It stands as both a rigorous introduction to this period for non-specialists, while specialists will find much to ponder even if they do not always agree with his conclusions." -Timothy N. Thurber, Virginia Commonwealth University, H-Amstdy
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Summaries
Main Description
America has seen a multitude of transformations since its founding. This book examines the period 1941-2001 during which time the character of American life changed rapidly, culminating in the shattering of the Liberal Democratic coalition. Revolutions in the areas of affluence, foreign policy, the military, business systems, racial relations, gender roles, sexual behavior and attitudes, and disregard for privacy are discussed. Rather than cite historical facts as they occurred, America Transformed analyzes them and offers a fresh and often controversial perspective. Abrams' draws on a wealth of published sources to highlight his original arguments on McCarthyism, the Cold War, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, and Johnson, to name a few topics. The synthesis of information and the depth of insight are simply unparalleled in any other book of American social history from 1941-2001.
Main Description
America has seen a multitude of transformations since its very founding. This book examines the period 1941-2001 during which time the character of American life changed rapidly, culminating in the shattering of the Liberal Democratic coalition. Revolutions in the areas of affluence, foreign policy, the military, business system, racial relations, gender roles, sexual behavior and attitudes, and disregard for privacy are discussed. Rather than cite historical facts as they occurred, America Transformed analyzes them and offers a fresh and often controversial perspective. Abrams draws on a wealth of published sources to highlight his original arguments on McCarthyism, the Cold War, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, and Johnson, to name a few topics. The synthesis of information and the depth of insight are simply unparalleled in any other book of American social history from 1941-2001.
Main Description
America has seen a multitude of transformations since its founding. This 2006 book examines the period 1941–2001 during which time the character of American life changed rapidly, culminating in the shattering of the Liberal Democratic coalition. Revolutions in the areas of affluence, foreign policy, the military, business systems, racial relations, gender roles, sexual behavior and attitudes, and disregard for privacy are discussed. Rather than cite historical facts as they occurred, America Transformed analyzes them and offers a fresh and often controversial perspective. Abrams' draws on a wealth of published sources to highlight his original arguments on McCarthyism, the Cold War, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, and Johnson, to name a few topics. The synthesis of information and the depth of insight are simply unparalleled in any other book of American social history from 1941–2001.
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This 2006 book examines the period 1941–2001 during which time the character of American life changed rapidly, culminating in the shattering of the liberal Democratic coalition. Revolutions in the areas of affluence, foreign policy, the military, business systems, racial relations, gender roles, sexual behavior and attitudes, and disregard for privacy are discussed.
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This book examines the period 1941-2001 during which time the character of American life changed rapidly, culminating in the shattering of the liberal Democratic coalition. Revolutions in the areas of affluence, foreign policy, the military, business system, racial relations, gender roles, sexual behavior and attitudes, and disregard for privacy are discussed.
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An examination of the period 1941-2001 during which time the character of American life changed rapidly, culminating in the shattering of the Liberal Democratic coalition. Revolutions in the areas of affluence, foreign policy, the military, business systems, racial relations, gender roles, sexual behavior and attitudes are discussed.
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This book examines the period 19412001 during which time the character of American life changed rapidly, culminating in the shattering of the liberal Democratic coalition. Revolutions in the areas of affluence, foreign policy, the military, business systems, racial relations, gender roles, sexual behavior and attitudes, and disregard for privacy are discussed.
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America has seen a multitude of transformations since its founding. This text examines the period 1941-2001 during which time the character of American life changed rapidly, culminating in the shattering of the Liberal Democratic coalition.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Retrospectp. 1
"The American Century"p. 3
Before the Revolutionsp. 6
The Challenge of Powerp. 12
The Inflation of Moral Possibilitiesp. 18
The Generational Chasmp. 21
Eight Revolutionsp. 25
Affluencep. 27
From Isolation to International Hegemonic Powerp. 62
The Rise of the Military in American Societyp. 80
The Reorganization of American Businessp. 92
The Revolution in Racial Relationsp. 121
The Revolution in Gender-Based Rolesp. 137
Revolution in Sexual Behaviorp. 157
The Demise of Privacyp. 183
Counterrevolutionp. 199
Liberalism: Ascension and Declensionp. 201
The Liberal Democratic Coalitionp. 207
The Failure Syndromep. 219
The Rise of the New Left and the Birth of Neoconservatismp. 268
Right-Wing Ascendancyp. 279
The Reagan Revolutionp. 290
Summaryp. 312
Epiloguep. 317
"The New American Century"p. 319
Indexp. 335
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