On the Edge: The United States Since 1945

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This brief paperback covers the social, cultural, and political aspects of U.S. history from the end of World War II through the present. It includes special biographies and boxes on films of each era, as well as maps and photographs that bring each era to life. This interpretive textbook combines narrative and analytic history with a balanced perspective that covers elites and out-groups, liberals and conservatives, and modernists and traditionalists while explaining how technology, popular culture, and social innovation have affected mainstream life and institutions.

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David Horowitz was born in the Bronx, New York, and received his B.A. in history from Antioch College and his history Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. He has taught U.S. cultural and twentieth-century history at Portland State University since 1968. Horowitz's publications include STRANGERS: A CENTURY'S STRUGGLE AGAINST AMERICA'S SOCIAL GUARDIANS (Westview Press, 2001), INSIDE THE KLAVERN: THE SECRET HISTORY OF A 1920S KU KLUX KLAN (Southern Illinois University Press, 1999), and BEYOND LEFT AND RIGHT: INSURGENCY AND THE ESTABLISHMENT (University of Illinois Press, 1997). Horowitz lives with his wife, historian and author Gloria Myers, in Portland, Oregon, and does his writing at a wooded retreat at the coast.

Peter N. Carroll was born in Queens, New York, and received his B.A. from Queens College and his history Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He has taught the U.S. history survey course at the University of Illinois, the University of Minnesota, and San Francisco State University; consulted on literally dozens of textbooks; and worked with survey course teachers for the National Faculty in the 1990s. He also works with his local high school's AP U.S. history survey course. He has also taught U.S. cultural and intellectual history at the University of Minnesota, Stanford University, the University of San Francisco, and the University of California at Berkeley. Carroll's publications include IT SEEMED LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED: AMERICA IN THE 1970S, rev. ed. (Rutgers University, 1990), KEEPING TIME: MEMORY, NOSTALGIA, AND THE ART OF HISTORY (University of Georgia Press, 1990), and AMERICANS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR: THE ODYSSEY OF THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN BRIGADE (Stanford University Press, 1994). Carroll and his partner, author Jeannette Ferrary, live in Belmont, California.

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1. The Search for Security, 1945-1949. 2. Republican Leadership and the Anti-Communist Crusade, 1950-1954. 3. Eisenhower's Troubled Consensus, 1954-1960. 4. The Age of Liberal Activism, 1960-1965. 5. Polarized America: Racial Turmoil and Vietnam, 1965-1968. 6. The Embattled Presidency: Nixon, Vietnam, and Watergate, 1968-1976. 7. Struggling Giant: The Carter and Reagan Years, 1976-1988. 8. The Turn To Centrism: Bush and Clinton, 1988-2000. Index.

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