Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974 by James T. Patterson - PDF free download eBook

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  • Published: Sep 28, 2015
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Beginning in 1945, America rocketed through a quarter-century of extraordinary economic growth, experiencing an amazing boom that soared to unimaginable heights in the 1960s. At one point, in the late 1940s, American workers produced 57 percent of...

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9780195076806
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Oxford University Press, USA
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18+ Years
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880
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Beginning in 1945, America rocketed through a quarter-century of extraordinary economic growth, experiencing an amazing boom that soared to unimaginable heights in the 1960s. At one point, in the late 1940s, American workers produced 57 percent of the planets steel, 62 percent of the oil, and 80 percent of the automobiles. The U.S. then had three-fourths of the worlds gold supplies. English Prime Minister Edward Heath later said that the United States in the postwar era enjoyed the greatest prosperity the world has ever known. It was a boom that produced a national euphoria, a buoyant time of grand expectations and an unprecedented faith in our government, in our leaders, and in the American dream - an optimistic spirit which would be shaken by events in the 60s and 70s, and particularly by the Vietnam War. Now, in Grand Expectations, James T. Patterson has written a magisterial work that weaves the major political, cultural, and economic events of the period into a superb portrait of America from 1945 through Watergate. Here is an era teeming with memorable events - from the bloody campaigns in Korea and the bitterness surrounding McCarthyism to the assassinations of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King, Jr., and to the Vietnam War, Watergate, and Nixons resignation. Patterson excels at portraying the amazing growth after World War II - the great building boom epitomized by Levittown (the largest such development in history) and the baby boom (which exploded literally nine months after V-J Day) - as well as the resultant buoyancy of spirit reflected in everything from streamlined toasters, to big, flashy cars, to the soaring, butterfly roof of TWAs airline terminal in New York. And he shows how this upbeat, can-do mood spurred grander and grander expectations as the era progressed. Of course, not all Americans shared in this economic growth, and an important thread running through the book is an informed and gripping depiction of the civil rights moveme

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James T. Patterson is Ford Foundation Professor of History at Brown University.

rosperity the world has ever known. It was a boom that produced a national euphoria, a buoyant time of grand expectations and an unprecedented faith in our government, in our leaders, and in the American dream - an optimistic spirit which would be shaken by events in the 60s and 70s, and particularly by the Vietnam War. Now, in Grand Expectations, James T. Patterson has written a magisterial work that weaves the major political, cultural, and economic events of the period into a superb portrait of America from 1945 through Watergate. Here is an era teeming with memorable events - from the bloody campaigns in Korea and the bitterness surrounding McCarthyism to the assassinations of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King, Jr., and to the Vietnam War, Watergate, and Nixons resignation. Patterson excels at portraying the amazing growth after World War II - the great building boom epitomized by Levittown (the largest such development in history) and the baby boom (which exploded literally nine months after V-J Day) - as well as the resultant buoyancy of spirit reflected in everything from streamlined toasters, to big, flashy cars, to the soaring, butterfly roof of TWAs airline terminal in New York. And he shows how this upbeat, can-do mood spurred grander and grander expectations as the era progressed. Of course, not all Americans shared in this economic growth, and an important thread running through the book is an informed and gripping depiction of the civil rights moveme

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