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America at the apex of global power.
Dreams never come easy, and they didn’t for America. America Since 1945 tells of a country that had vanquished the despair and poverty of the Great Depression, conquered the evil of militant fascism during World War II and was looking ahead with infinite promise. Noted Historian H.W. Brands details the changes America has gone through since 1945 to reveal the themes and ambitions that have driven America, all while capturing the national experiences of the last six decades to bare the still unfolding legacy of dreams born out of a global upheaval.
America Since 1945 is the Penguin Academic Edition of Brands’ bestseller American Dreams, which chronicles the events and circumstances that have guided America from Okinawa to the Great Recession.
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H. W. Brands
H.W. Brands is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of numerous works of history and international affairs, including The Devil We Knew: Americans and the Cold War (1993), Into the Labyrinth: The United States and the Middle East (1994), The Reckless Decade: America in the 1890s (1995), TR: The Last Romantic (a biography of Theodore Roosevelt) (1997), What America Owes the World: The Struggle for the Soul of Foreign Policy (1998), The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (2000), The Strange Death of American Liberalism (2001), The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream (2002), Woodrow Wilson (2003) and Andrew Jackson (2005). His writing has received critical and popular acclaim. The First American was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a national bestseller. He lectures frequently across North America and in Europe. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Atlantic Monthly. He is a regular guest on radio and television and has participated in several historical documentary films.
"This is an outstanding account overall. It reads like a novel, and even though all of the events were familiar to me, they seemed fresh and dramatic in Brands’ hands. The writing is lively, readable, witty, smart, evocative, even suspenseful. The in-chapter subheadings are clever and illuminating, and the transitions between them keep the narrative moving. Above all, I think its main strength is the pace and efficiency of the account."
-Andrew Huebner, University of Alabama
"...a great book that could be marketed to the general public and to professors looking for a brief, uncluttered, highly readable textbook."
-Daniel P. Murphy, Hanover College
"Brands’ book is readable, interesting, captivating even. Students would be pulled into the subject matter."
-Frank Chartrand, Los Angeles Pierce College
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