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Norton 1987 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. “With deft portraits of many world figures, Dean Acheson analyzes the processes of policy making, the necessity for decision, and the role of power and initiative in matters of state. Acheson (1893–1971) was not only present at the creation of the postwar world, he was one of its chief architects. He joined the Department of State in 1941 as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs and, with brief intermissions, was continuously involved until 1953, when he left office as Secretary of State at the end of the Truman years. Throughout that time Acheson’s was one of the most influential minds and strongest wills at work. It was a period that included World War II, the reconstruction of Europe, the Korean War, the development of nuclear power, the formation of the United Nations and NATO. It involved him at close quarters with a cast that starred Truman, Roosevelt, Churchill, de Gaulle, Marshall, MacArthur, Eisenhower, Attlee, Eden Bevin, Schuman, Dulles, de Gasperi, Adenauer, Yoshida, Vishinsky, and Molotov.” -Publisher
University of Chicago 1957 Dewey Dec. 973.91
The author “reviews the events and crises that have marked postwar history— the Yalta and Potsdam conferences, the Berlin airlift, the Eightieth Congress and Truman’s election, the Hiss case, the collapse of Nationalist China, the McCarthy hearings, the atom and hydrogen bombs, McCarthy’s “retirement,” and Eisenhower’s first election. .. He presents a vigorous and brilliant interpretation of the difficult years of America’s coming of age in the field of international politics and diplomacy and a candid evaluation of the price America must pay as the world’s most powerful nation.” – Publisher
Contents: From San Francisco to Potsdam – 1946: The year of frustration – The Eightieth Congress – Hiss, Chiang, Fuchs, and the bomb – McCarthy and Korea – “The Mess in Washington” – The making of a President – “Peace” and the Bandung Conference
Allen, Frederick Lewis
Perennial Classics 2000 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Originally published 1931. “An account of the years from the spring of 1919 to 1931. It is a kaleidoscopic picture of American politics, society, manners, morals, and economic conditions.” – Booklist
“A swiftly moving, well-integrated American chronicle, recording with wit and sagacity ‘the fads and fashions and follies of the time, the things which millions of people thought about, and talked about and became excited about and which at once touched their daily lives,’ while indicating fundamental trends in national life and thought.” -NY Libr
Contents: Prelude: May, 1919 – Back to Normalcy – The Big Red Scare – America Convalescent – The Revolution in Manners and Morals – Harding and the Scandals – Coolidge Prosperity – The Ballyhoo Years – The Revolt of the Highbrows – Alcohol and Al Capone – Home, Sweet Florida – The Big Bull Market – Crash! – Aftermath: 1930-31
September 3, 1929-September 3, 1939
Allen, Frederick Lewis
Perennial Classics 1986 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Originally published 1939. See the description of the other volume by Frederick Allen on this page; ‘Only Yesterday’.
Contents: Prelude: September 3, 1929 – Exit prosperity – Down, down, down – A change of government – New Deal honeymoon – A change of climate – Reform-and recovery? – When the farms blew away – The voice with the smile wins – With pen and camera through darkest America – Friction and recession – The shadow of war
Ambrose, Stephen E.
Penguin 1988 Dewey Dec. 973.9
“Offers a concise and informative view of the evolution of American foreign policy from 1938 to the end of the Reagan presidency. In light of recent scholarship, Professor Ambrose discusses past events such as World War II, the Eisenhower administration, Vietnam, and the Iran hostage crisis. He also examines closely such recent topics as the Strategic Defense Initiative, the Iran scandal, Nicaragua, international terrorism, the Iceland Summit, and the American Summit. In light of the enormous global power of the United States, Ambrose analyzes how American character traits – economic aggressiveness, racism, fear of Communism – have shaped the country’s evolving foreign policy. Ambrose’s probing and thematic examination of events makes ‘Rise to Globalism’ an invaluable work.” – Book cover.
Contents: 1. The Twisting Path to War — 2. The War in Europe — 3. The War in Asia — 4. The Beginnings of the Cold War — 5. The Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan — 6. Containment Tested — 7. Korea — 8. Eisenhower, Dulles and the Irreconcilable Conflict — 9. From Hungary and Suez to Cuba — 10. Kennedy and the New Frontiers — 11. Vietnam: Paying the Cost of Containment — 12. Nixon, Detente, and the Debacle in Vietnam — 13. America in the Middle East and Africa — 14. Carter and the National Malaise — 15. Reagan and the Evil Empire — 16. The End of the Cold War — 17. Bush and the Gulf War.
Bassett, John Spencer
1919 Dewey Dec. 973.91
A concise, readable account of the war period.
Contents: 1. Early Effects of the World War in the united States 2. The Belligerents and Neutral Trade 3. Germany and the United States 4. American Ideals as Affected by the War in Europe, 1914-1917 5. The United States Drawn into the Great War 6. Preparations for War 7. Organizing the National Resources 8. The War Policies of the Administration 9. The American Expeditionary Force 10. Learning the War Game in France 11. Fighting in the Marne Salient, May to July, 1918 12. The Last Two Months of Fighting 13. Naval Operations 14. Preliminaries to the Peace Negotiations 15. The Treaty of Versailles
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Arcade 1996 Dewey Dec. 363.4
“An excellent and honest book that does not flinch at unpalatable facts.” -NY Times Book Rev
Bernstein, Carl and Woodward, Bob
Warner 1975 Dewey Dec. 973.92
“The two Washington Post reporters whose investigative journalism first revealed the Watergate scandal tell the way it happened from the first suspicions, through the trail of false leads, lies, secrecy, and high-level pressure, to the final moments when they were able to put the pieces of the puzzle together and write the series that won the Post a Pulitzer Prize.”
Blackmon, Douglas A.
Doubleday 2008 Dewey Dec. 973.91
A Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the “Age of Neoslavery,” the American period following the Emancipation Proclamation in which convicts, mostly black men, were “leased” through forced labor camps operated by state and federal governments. In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history—an “Age of Neoslavery” that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II. Using a vast record of original documents and personal narratives, Douglas A. Blackmon unearths the lost stories of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude shortly thereafter. By turns moving, sobering, and shocking, this unprecedented account reveals the stories of those who fought unsuccessfully against the re-emergence of human labor trafficking, the companies that profited most from neoslavery, and the insidious legacy of racism that reverberates today.
Contents: Introduction : The bricks we stand on — Part 1. The slow poison — 1. The wedding : fruits of freedom — 2. An industrial slavery : “Niggers is cheap” — 3. Slavery’s increase : “Day after day we looked death in the face & was afraid to speak” — 4. Green Cottenham’s world : “The negro dies faster”.
Part 2. Harvest of an unfinished war — 5. The slave farm of John Pace : “I don’t owe you anything” — 6. Slavery is not a crime : “We shall have to kill a thousand … to get them back to their places” — 7. The indictments : “I was whipped nearly every day” — 8. A summer of trials, 1903 : “The master treated the slave unmercifully” — 9. A river of anger : the South is “an armed camp” — 10. The disapprobation of God : “It is a very rare thing that a negro escapes” — 11. New South rising : “This great corporation.”
Part 3. The final chapter of American slavery — 13. The arrest of Green Cottenham : a war of atrocities — 14. Anatomy of a slave mine : “Degraded to a plane lower than the brutes” — 15. Everywhere was death : “Negro quietly swung up by an armed mob … all is quiet” — 16. Atlanta, the South’s finest city : “I will murder you if you don’t do that work” — 17. Freedom : “In the United States one cannot sell himself” — Epilogue : The ephemera of catastrophe
The Progressive Presidents: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson
Blum, John Morton
Norton 1982 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“Advocates of a strong versus a weak presidency have struggled throughout American history, but never so fiercely as in the twentieth century, which saw the rise of progressivism. This is the story of four progressive presidents, from the first Roosevelt, who himself brought plenty of backbone to the office, to Woodrow Wilson , who articulated the theory of a progressive presidency, to FDR, who brought it unique power, and, finally, to Lyndon Johnson, who provided perhaps its last great surge in our century.” -Publisher
Contents: Prologue: Ascutney – Theodore Roosevelt and the Definition of Office – Woodrow Wilson and the Ambiguities of Reform – Franklin Roosevelt and the Problem of Priorities – Lyndon Johnson and the Uncertain Legacy – Epilogue: Past Imperfect
Braeman, John, ed.
Ohio State University 1971 Dewey Dec. 973.91
A collection of essays on various aspects of American foreign policy, including two on historiography, by a dozen academic analysts.
Contents: The Changing Interpretive Structure of American Foreign Policy – Writings on American Foreign Relations: 1957 to the Present – Bureaucracy and Professionalism in the Development of American Career Diplomacy – The United States a World Power, 1900-1917: Myth or Reality? – The United States and the Failure of Collective Security in the 1930s – The United States and the Atlantic Alliance: The First Generation – Canada in North America – Recent United States-Mexican Relations: Problems Old and New – The United States and Cuba: The Uncomfortable “Abrazo,” 1898-1968 – The United States and Great Britain: Uneasy Allies – From Contempt to Containment: Cycles in American Attitudes toward China – Notes on the Contributors
Chalmers, David Mark
Books for Libraries 1970 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“During the first decade of the twentieth century, a group of magazine journalists educated the American people about the widespread corruption that had attended the growth of industrialism. These “muckrakers” have been amply credited with laying the groundwork for many of the reforms that followed. This book … traces the entire muckrake writings of the major journalists of exposure. The result reaches beyond the familiar depiction of widespread corruption to show the common agreement among the muckrakers as to the cause of the trouble. In addition, this book presents the reform solutions—sometimes shallow, sometimes deep—which each of the muckrakers came to present in his writings, solutions which ranged from the release of business from restrictive halters to the espousal of legislative regulation and socialism.” – Author’s Preface
Contents: The age of the muckrake.–Salvation through big business: George Kibbe Turner.–The law: Christopher Powell Connolly.–Competition I: Alfred Henry Lewis and Will Irwin.–Competition II: Burton Jesse Hendrick and Ida M. Tarbell.–Regulation of Wall Street: Samuel Hopkins Adams and Thomas W. Lawson.–The search for reform: Ray Stannard Baker.–Travelers along the way: Lincoln Steffens and David Graham Phillips.–Socialism: Upton Sinclair and Charles Edward Russell.–The celestial crown
Crowell, Benedict and Wilson, Robert Forrest
New Haven: Yale University 1921 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“Much of the text of this account of the production of American munitions during [World War I] was published by the War Department as the report of Benedict Crowell, the Assistant Secretary of War and Director of Munitions in the War Government.” – Author’s Preface. These two volumes are intended to describe the U.S. Government’s effort to organize production of all types of munitions needed to prosecute the war effort.
Contents: (First 10 of 34 chapter headings) War department organization – The ordinance problem – Gun production – Mobile field artillery – Railway artillery – Motorized artillery – Sights and fire-control apparatus – Explosives, propellants, and artillery ammunition – Tanks – Machine guns
Crowell, Benedict and Wilson, Robert Forrest
New Haven: Yale University 1921 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Author Benedict Crowell was U.S. Assistant Secretary of War and Director of Munitions 1917-20. Most of the material upon which the book is based was collected from various government bureaus.
Contents: Halt – The A.E.F. Embarks – The Transatlantic Ferry – Ebb Tide – The Process of Discharging Soldiers – Picking Up after the Army – Soldier Welfare – Car Contracts – The Settlement of the War Contracts – Ordnance Demobilization – Artillery – Ammunition and other Ordnance – Aircraft – Technical Supplies – Quartermaster Supplies = Buildings and Lands – Selling the Surplus – The Foreign Liquidation – The Balance Sheet.
Norton 2009 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“A cultural history of the 1930s explores the anxiety, despair, and optimism of the period while evaluating such factors as the Dust Bowl migrations, “screwball comedy,” and swing band music to evaluate how period culture provided a dynamic lift to the country’s morale. .. Dickstein always has something smart and lively to say. His scintillating commentary illuminates an important dimension of a decade too often considered only in political or economic terms. It’s hard to imagine a more astute, more graceful guide to a remarkably creative period.” – Kirkus
Contents: Introduction: Depression culture — pt. 1. Discovering poverty — The tenement and the world : immigrant lives — The starvation army — The country and the city — Hard times for poets — Black girls and native sons — pt. 2. Success and failure — Beyond the American dream — What price Hollywood? — The last film of the 1930s; or, Nothing fails like success — pt. 3. The culture of elegance — Fantasy, elegance, mobility : the dream life of the 1930s — Class for the masses : elegance democratized — pt. 4. The search for community — The populist turn : Copland and the popular front — Who cares? : the world of Porgy and Bess — The People vs. Frank Capra : populism against itself — Shakespeare in overalls : an American troubadour — Gender trouble : exposing the intellectuals — Conclusion : The work of culture in Depression America.
Farber, David R; Bailey, Beth L.
Columbia Univ. 2001 Dewey Dec. 973.92
This ‘guide’ has a unique organization; divided into six dis-similar parts, some parts contain mostly brief essays by the authors on numerous social and political topics, while at least one part is made up of longer analytical essays by guest contributors, with further reading recommendations. Part of the book is more of an almanac or dictionary, simply packed with useful data.
Contents: pt. 1. The American sixties : a brief history. John Kennedy and the promise of leadership — The Civil Rights revolution — The Great Society — The Vietnam War — Polarization — Sixties culture — New directions — Conclusion — pt. 2. Debating the sixties. — The upheaval of Jim crow : African Americans and the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s / Beth Tompkins Bates — The new left : democratic reformers or left-wing revolutionaries? / Doug Rossinow — Losing ground? The great society in historical perspective / Edward Berkowitz — Urban uprisings : riots or rebellions? / Heather Ann Thompson — Explaining the tragedy of Vietnam / Richard H. Immerman — The women’s movement : liberation for whom? / Beth Bailey — The sexual revolution : was it revolutionary? / Beth Bailey — Debating the counterculture : ecstasy and anxiety over the hip alternative / Michael Wm. Doyle — Political conservatism in the sixties : silent majority or white backlash? / Jeff Roche — The sixties legacy : “the destructive generation” or “years of hope”? / David Farber — pt. 3. The sixties A to Z. — pt. 4. Short topical essays. Cities and suburbs — Environmentalism — Law and justice — Popular music — Religion — The end of enthusiasm : science and technology — Sports — Art : expanding conceptions, sites, and audiences — pt. 5. Special sections. Portrait of a nation — Travel and recreation — Economy and labor — National politics and elections — Entertainment, popular arts, and publications — Fashion — Sports and Olympics — pt. 6. Chronology. Brief chronology — “Introduced in” list — pt. 7. Annotated bibliography.
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Basic 2000 Dewey Dec. 973.92
“In this first, thematic popular history of the decade, David Frum argues that it was the 1970s, not the 1960s, that created modern America and altered the American personality forever. A society that had valued faith, self-reliance, self-sacrifice, and family loyalty evolved in little more than a decade into one characterized by superstition, self-interest, narcissism, and guilt. Frum examines this metamorphosis through the rise to cultural dominance of faddish psychology, astrology, drugs, religious cults, and consumer debt, and profiles such prominent players of the decade as Werner Erhard, Alex Comfort, and Jerry Brown. How We Got Here is lively and provocative reading.” -Publisher
Gaddis, John Lewis
Oxford University 1982 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“Gaddis’s book … makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of American policy towards the Soviet Union since World War II.” – Alexander L. George
Contents: Prologue: Containment before Kennan — George F. Kennan and the strategy of containment — Implementing containment — NSC-68 and the Korean War — Eisenhower, Dulles, and the new look — Implementing the new look — Kennedy, Johnson, and flexible response — Implementing flexible response: Vietnam as a test case — Nixon, Kissinger, and détente — Implementing détente — Epilogue: Containment after Kissinger — Appendix: National security expenditures as a percentage of total government expenditures and gross national product: 1945-1980.
Bantam 1987 Dewey Dec. 973.92
Part critical history, part personal memoir, part celebration, and part meditation, this critically acclaimed work resurrects a generation on all its glory and tragedy.
“Though ex-SDS leader Gitlin occasionally falls prey to the self-indulgence that snares most sixties’ commentators, his analysis of the decade’s politics is thought-provoking and clearheaded. Rather than singing the familiar hymn of praise to youthful idealism, Gitlin carefully dissects why the activist spirit developed when it did and what its legacy has been.”. Am Libr
Contents: Part I: Affluence and undertow – Cornucopia and its discontents – Underground channels – Enclaves of elders. Part II: The Movement – Leftward kicking and screaming – The fused group – Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me ’round – “Name the System”. Part III: The Surge – “Everybody Get Together” – Public nuisances – Fighting back – The other side. Part IV: Forcing the Revolution – 1968 – The decapitation of the heroes – The crunch – The spring of hope, the winter of despair – Women: revolution in the revolution – The implosion – Fadeout – Carrying on
Goodwin, Doris Kearns
Simon & Schuster 2013 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“A dynamic history of the muckracking press and the first decade of the Progressive era as told through the intense friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft — a close relationship that strengthens both men before it ruptures in 1912 when they engage in a brutal fight for the presidential nomination that cripples the progressive wing of the Republican Party, causing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to be elected, and changing the country’s history.” – Book Jacket
Contents: The hunter returns — Will and Teedie — The judge and the politician — Nellie Herron Taft — Edith Carow Roosevelt — The insider and the outsider — The invention of McClure’s — “Like a boy on roller skates” — Governor and Governor General — “That damned cowboy is President” — “The most famous woman in America” — “A mission to perform” — Toppling old bosses — “Thank Heaven you are to be with me!” — “A smile that won’t come off” — “Sitting on the lid” — The American people reach a verdict — “Cast into outer darkness” — “To cut Mr. Taft in two!” — Taft boom, Wall Street bust — Kingmaker and king — “A great stricken animal” — A self-inflicted wound — St. George and the dragon — “The parting of the ways” — “Like a war horse” — “My hat is in the ring” — “Bosom friends, bitter enemies” — Armageddon.
Gould, Lewis L.
Univ. of Kansas 2003 Dewey Dec. 973.92
“Gould traces the decline of the party system, the increasing importance of the media and its role in creating the president-as-celebrity, and the growth of the White House staff and executive bureaucracy. He also shows us a succession of chief executives who increasingly have known less and less about the business of governing the country…” Publisher.
Contents: Age of Cortelyou : William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt — Lawyer and the professor : William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson — Modern presidency recedes : Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover — Modern presidency revives and grows : Franklin D. Roosevelt — Presidency in the Cold War era : Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower — Souring of the modern presidency : John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson — Rise of the continuous campaign : Richard Nixon — Modern presidency under siege : Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter — Modern presidency in a Republican era : Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush — Perils of the modern presidency : Bill Clinton.
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Graham, Otis L.
Oxford University 1967 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Analyzing the dynamics of reform in the early twentieth century, the author shows that the New Deal was not an inevitable by-product of the Progressive era.
Contents: From Progressivism to the New Deal: tradition and innovation in the liberal past – The culmination of Progressivism I: the fight against the New Deal – The culmination of Progressivism II: the Progressive as liberal – The culmination of Progressivism III: liberalism is not enough – Farewell to reform: the transfiguration of the Progressive impulse – Dispersion and disagreement: the Progressive heritage
Graham, Otis L.
Prentice-Hall 1971 Dewey Dec. 973.91
28 significant documents from the period.
Hackworth, David H. (Colonel) and Sherman, Julie
Simon & Schuster 1990
“From age fifteen to forty David Hackworth devoted himself to the U.S. Army and he fast became a living legend. In 1971, however, he appeared on television to decry the doomed war effort in Vietnam. Now, in About Face, he has written an autobiography which many Vietnam veterans have called the most important book of their generation. From Korea to Berlin, from the Cuban missile crisis to Vietnam , Hackworth’s story is that of an exemplary patriot , played out against the backdrop of the changing fortunes of America and the American military. It is also a stunning indictment—of the Pentagon’s fundamental misunderstanding of the Vietnam conflict, and of the bureaucracy and self-interest that fueled that lost war.” – Book cover
Contents: 6 February 1951 — Brown shoes — Hit and run — The wolfhounds — By the direction of the president — The only game in town — Hill 400 — They don’t have cobwebs in Korea — Don’t look back — Black shoes — This ain’t the Army, Mr. Jones — The vanguards — Screaming eagles — Tim’s traveling trouble — The year of the horse — Box seat — Corporate headquarters — Death row — Hardcore — Born to lose — A law unto himself — “Issues and answers” — A handful of ashes — Epilogue.
Penguin 1983 Dewey Dec. 973.92
“In this brilliant, imaginatively conceived, lucidly organized, and gracefully written work, the author describes, analytically rather than narratively, how the Kennedy-Johnson intellectual (McNamara, Bundy, Rusk, Ball, Taylor, et al.) men praised as ‘the best and the brightest’ men of this century, became the architects of the disastrous American policy of Indochina. Halberstam analyzes the men, their attitudes and their decisions; and thus the book becomes not a study about Vietnam or American foreign policy, but about power and success in America.” Libr J.
People profiled in this book: McGeorge Bundy – William Bundy – Maxwell Taylor – William Westmoreland – Walt Rostow – George Ball
Hyperion 2007 Dewey Dec. 973.92
“Halberstam gives us a full narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides, charting the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu, and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides vivid portraits of all the major figures–Eisenhower, Truman, Acheson, Kim, and Mao, and Generals MacArthur, Almond, and Ridgway. He also provides us with his trademark narrative journalism, chronicling the crucial battles with reportage of the highest order. At the heart of the book are the stories of the soldiers on the front lines who were left to deal with the consequences of the dangerous misjudgments and competing agendas of powerful men.” Publisher
Contents: A warning at Unsan — Bleak days: The In Min Gun drives south — Washington goes to war — The politics of two continents — The last roll of the dice: the North Koreans push to Pusan — MacArthur turns the tide: the Inchon landing — Crossing the parallel and heading north — The Chinese strike — Learning to fight the Chinese: twin tunnels, Wonju, and Chipyongni — The general and the president — The consequences.
Villard 1993 Dewey Dec. 973.92
The Fifties is a sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the ten years that Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today. Halberstam offers portraits of not only the titans of the age: Eisenhower Dulles, Oppenheimer, MacArthur, Hoover, and Nixon, but also of Harley Earl, who put fins on cars; Dick and Mac McDonald and Ray Kroc, who mass-produced the American hamburger; Kemmons Wilson, who placed his Holiday Inns along the nation’s roadsides; U-2 pilot Gary Francis Powers; Grace Metalious, who wrote Peyton Place; and “Goody” Pincus, who led the team that invented the Pill.
“The author’s sources are secondary and derivative, but his instinct for the revealing anecdote, his ear for the memorable quote, and his awesome powers of organization add up to a variegated overview that moves seamlessly between the serious shenanigans of Chief Justice Earl Warren and the frivolous ones of … Grace Metalious.” Natl Rev.
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Hahn, Peter L, and Heiss, Mary Ann, eds.
Ohio State Univ. 2001 Dewey Dec. 973.9
“The ten essays in this volume represent state-of-the-art surveys of ten singular episodes in U.S. interaction with the Third World since 1945. Each author represents a unique approach to a specific topic within U.S.-Third World relations. Essays cover the globe … and make use of a variety of source material and employ a wide range of analytical devices, such as the national security paradigm, the idea of economic development, and culture.” – Book cover.
Contents: Introduction : The challenge of the Third World / Robert J. McMahon — His finest hour? Eisenhower, Lebanon, and the 1958 Middle East crisis / Douglas Little — The Caribbean triangle : Betancourt, Castro, and Trujillo and U.S. foreign policy, 1958-1963 / Stephen G. Rabe — “Flee! The white giants are coming!” : The United States, mercenaries, and the Congo, 1964-1965 / Piero Gleijeses — The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1968 : capitalism, communism, and containment / Robert Buzzanco — Decolonization, the Cold War, and the foreign policy of the Peace Corps / Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman — The influence of organized labor on U.S. policy toward Israel, 1945-1967 / Peter L. Hahn — Real men don’t wear pajamas : Anglo-American cultural perceptions of Mohammed Mossadeq and the Iranian oil nationalization dispute / Mary Ann Heiss — Gender relations, foreign relations : the United States and South Asia, 1947-1964 / Andrew J. Rotter — Like boxing with Joe Louis : Nelson Rockefeller in Venezuela, 1945-1948 / Darlene Rivas — “Fuel for the good dragon” : the United States and industrial policy in Taiwan, 1950-1965 / Nick Cullather
Knopf 1955 Dewey Dec. 973.91
This analysis of the reform movements in American politics from 1890-1940 reviews: The agrarian uprising that found its expression in the Populist movement of the 1890’s; The Progressive movement from about 1900-1914; The New Deal of the 1930’s. Emphasis is placed upon the ideas of the leading political reformers.
“By concentrating upon what reformers thought rather than upon their political antics Hofstadter has made a unique and valuable contribution.” – Saturday Rev
Contents: The agrarian myth and commercial realities – The folklore of populism – From pathos to parity – The status revolution and progressive leaders – The progressive impulse – The struggle over organization – From progressivism to the New Deal
Huchthausen, Peter A.
Viking 2003 Dewey Dec. 973.92
Traces more than a dozen short-term military operations from the last quarter of the twentieth century, including the Iranian hostage rescue attempt and the Gulf War.
Contents: Recovering SS Mayaguez and the fight on Koh Tang — America and special warfare — The hostage rescue attempt — Intervention in Lebanon — Intervention in Grenada — Retaliatory attacks on Libya — Escort and retaliation in the Persian Gulf — Storming Panama — The Gulf War : desert shield — The Gulf War : Desert Storm — The rescue of the Kurds in Northern Iraq — President Bush responds to starvation — President Clinton crosses the Mogadishu Line — Intervention in Bosnia — Intervention in Kosovo.
Harves 2002 Dewey Dec. 973.92
“With sweeping force and cultural acumen, Johnson revives the ’90s, the ups and downs, filled with all that we may have forgotten and, most importantly, all that we never knew. In four fascinating parts, Johnson delivers the stories behind the stories-revealing the personalities behind the media party of the ’90s, the partisanship that didn’t succeed in bringing down the president, the pervasive technology that stretched from Silicon Valley to Monsanto with the corresponding hopes and fears, and the equally extreme reactions on Wall Street to every last bit of it.” – Publisher
Contents: Prelude: Fragments from a golden age — Book 1: Technotimes. Deep (RS/6000 SP) blue. Culture of success. Nerd Nirvana. Seeding the future — Book 2: Teletimes. Trial of the century-Part one. Cult of celebrity. Dream factories — Book 3: Scandal times. Bill’s story. Trial of the century-Part two — Book 4: Millennial times. The people. The markets. The millennials. The fiasco — Epilogue — Afterword
Karl, Barry Dean
University of Chicago 1983 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“For more than a century of their history, Americans considered themselves citizens of a nation made up of individual and historically distinct states. Not even the Civil War ended the profound sense of local control of customs, traditions, and civil authority. But the sudden upheavals of the twentieth century, marked by the two World Wars and the New Deal, transformed the United States into a national and industrial state. Barry Karl’s analysis of this transformation shows that Americans were, and still are, wary of the sort of national management of social and economic policy that is common to all other industrial nations. As an industrial country in an industrialized world, we are an uneasy state.” -Publisher
Contents: Militant Progressivism – Managing War – Middle America: Uncertainty at the Crossroads – Defining the Great Depression – Half Way to Waterloo – The Limits of Reform – Thermidor and the Third New Deal – Ending the Twenty-Year Armistice – Managing War Again – Epilogue
Kennan, George F.
University of Chicago 1951 Dewey Dec. 973.91
George Frost Kennan (1904-2005) was an American diplomat and historian, best known as an advocate for the policy of containment of the Soviet expansion during the Cold War. In 1950 he left the Department of State and became a realist critic of U.S. foreign policy. This book was his first major effort at writing diplomatic history, applying the perspective he had gained as a diplomat and foreign policy maker.
Contents: Part I: The war with Spain – Mr. Hippisley and the Open Door – America and the Orient – World War I – World War II – Diplomacy in the modern World
Part II: The sources of Soviet conduct – America and the Russian future
Kennedy, David M.
Oxford Univ. 1999 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Francis Parkman Prize. “Between 1929 and 1945, two great travails were visited upon the American people: the Great Depression and World War II. In a single volume the author tells how America endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of those unprecedented calamities…. Roosevelt’s New Deal wrenched opportunity from the trauma of the 1930s and created a lasting legacy of economic and social reform, but it was afflicted with shortcomings and contradictions as well. The author details the New Deal’s problems and defeats, as well as its achievements… The same generation of Americans who battled the Depression eventually had to shoulder arms in another conflict that wreaked worldwide destruction, ushered in the nuclear age, and forever changed their way of life and their country’s relationship to the rest of the world. In the second installment of the chronicle, the author explains how the nation agonized over its role in the conflict, how it fought the war, and why the U.S. emerged victorious, and why the consequences of victory were sometimes sweet, sometimes ironic.” -Publisher
Contents: The American People on the Eve of the Great Depression — Panic — The Ordeal of Herbert Hoover — Interregnum — The Hundred Days — The Ordeal of the American People — Chasing the Phantom of Recovery — The Rumble of Discontent — A Season for Reform — Strike! — The Ordeal of Franklin Roosevelt — What the New Deal Did — The Gathering Storm — The Agony of Neutrality — To the Brink — War in the Pacific — Unready Ally, Uneasy Alliance — The War of Machines — The Struggle for a Second Front — The Battle for Northwest Europe — The Cauldron of the Home Front — Endgame — The World the War Made.
Skyhorse 2009 Dewey Dec. 973.92
The author “asserts that 1969 was the birth of modern America and sets out to relate how this incredible year reflected deep underlying changes in American culture. The book is divided into four parts that roughly outline the year, including ‘sexual revolutions of springtime’ and the ‘apocalyptic standoffs at year’s end.’ A riveting look at a pivotal year.” Booklist
Contents: Revolution, apocalypse, and the birth of modern America — Winter’s children. Nixon’s coming ; Something in the air ; The new sounds ; Super jets ; The American family — Revolution in springtime. America undressed ; A whole new ball game ; Poison ivy ; 1, 2, 3, what are we fighting for? ; The green mind ; Stand! — The summer of impossible dreams. Walking in space ; The mists of Camelot ; Shaking the cage ; West Coast killers ; An amazin’ summer ; Heaven in a disaster area — Autumn apocalypse. “There are no words” ; Nixon’s war ; Days of rage ; Cowboys and Indians ; The hippie apocalypse — Future shock: the ’70s and beyond.
New Press 1994 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“This volume is a history of the way in which war has transformed modern society and a political analysis of the ways in which wars have been waged. Professor Kolko takes a long view of the 20th century, focusing on World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, to show the degree to which leaders and generals have consistently misunderstood the battles on which they embarked. Kolko argues that time after time, generals have underestimated the implications of new military technology and have begun wars they were incapable of managing or ending.” -Publisher
Contents: pt. 1. Making and managing wars: the view from the top. Preparing the world for war. False expectations: how things go wrong. Officers: the elcipse of warrior castes. War organization: the dilemna of managing modern war — pt. 2. Transforming people, societies, and politics. World War One: the impact on European society. World War One: Transforming Europe’s people. Soldiers and the crisis of World War One. World War One and the emergence of the Left. World War Two and European life and society. European responses to World War Two. European Communism and the political consequences of World War Two. China: war, society, and revolution. War, revolution, and reaction in Southeast Asia — pt. 3. The United States, politics, and warfare in a complex world, 1946-1991: the limits of power. Repression, rebellion, and the limits of military power, 1945-1953. Warfare at an impasse: the United States confronts the world, 1954-1991
NY: Putnam’s Sons 1937 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“In this book I have endeavored to present the true facts, as far as they are known, concerning German sabotage in the United States during the period between the outbreak of the World War and the entrance of the United States into the war. I have concentrated principally on the Black Tom and Kingsland cases, as they were the most devastating acts committed and the only ones, with the exception of an -explosion in Tacoma Harbor, in which any attempt has been made to prove German complicity and to collect damages.” – Author’s Introduction
Contents: (First 10 of 28 chapter headings) The American front – The passport frauds – The coming of the saboteurs – “Buy up or Blow up” – The recall of Von Papen and Boy-Ed – Paul Koenig makes an error – Section IIIB carries on – Black Tom blows up – The free-lance agents – The Kingsland fire
Books on the history of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Island nations, including Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and more, at History of Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands
Lerner, Michael A.
Harvard Univ. 2007 Dewey Dec. 363.4
This book is “in all important respects exemplary, a singularly useful and revealing contribution to our understanding of a time from which the nation probably never will recover.” Washington Post Book World
Leuchtenburg, William Edward
Cornell University 2001 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Leuchtenburg looks at the presidencies of the men who have succeeded FDR to show how he influenced their domestic and foreign policies, their campaign styles and strategies, and their perceptions of the presidential office.
Contents: Harry Truman – First Republican Interlude: Dwight D. Eisenhower – John F. Kennedy – Lyndon B. Johnson – Second Republican Interlude: Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford – Jimmy Carter – Ronald Reagan – Waiting for Franklin D.
American Epoch: A History of the United States since 1900, Vol 1 – War, Reform, and Society 1900-1945
Link, William A.
McGraw-Hill 1993, 1987 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Vol 1 here is the 7th edition, while Vol 2 is the 6th edition.
Little, Brown 1974 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“‘The Glory and the Dream encompasses politics, military history, economics, the lively arts, science, fashion, fads, social change, sexual mores, communications, graffiti – everything and anything indigenous that can be captured in print… Masterfully compressing four crowded decades of our history, Manchester relives the epic or significant or just memorable events that befell the generation of Americans whose lives pivoted between the America before and the America after the Second World War. ‘The Glory and the Dream’ tells the story of that generation.” -Publisher
Contents: Part I: Rendezvous with Destiny 1932-1941. Part II: Sacrifice and Transformation 1941-1950. Part III: Sowing the Wind 1951-1960. Part IV: Reaping the Whirlwind 1961-1968. Part V: Nixon, After All 1969-1972
Marty, Myron A.
Greenwood 1997 Dewey Dec. 973.92
For the first time the social history of the United States is examined in four chronological periods: 1960-1966, when modern ideals flourished and then began to fade; 1967-1974, when cultural changes began to remake America; 1975-1980, when the cultural changes led to standoffs between opposing sides; and the 1980s, when postmodern conditions broadened their influence and discord became more pronounced.
Contents: pt. I. Modern Times Flourish and Fade: 1960-1966. 1. Family Life. 2. Changing Population Patterns. 3. Private and Public Lives. 4. Consumers in the Material World. 5. The Other America. 6. Mind and Spirit. 7. Technology in Daily Life. 8. Cultural Transformations — pt. II. Troubled Times: 1967-1974. 9. Changing Families. 10. Civil Rights and Group Identities. 11. Securities Shaken. 12. Cultural Reflections/Cultural Influences. 13. Material Aspects of Life. 14. Environmental and Consumer Protection. 15. Technology’s Small Steps and Giant Leaps. 16. Hard Knocks for Schools. 17. Spiritual Matters. 18. Not Ready for New Times — pt. III. Times of Adjustment: 1975-1980. 19. Family Changes Continue. 20. The Peoples of America. 21. Security Concerns. 22. Television, Movies, and More. 23. Cares of Daily Life. 24. Arenas of Discord. 25. Pulling Together — pt. IV. Crossing the Postmodern Divide: 1981-1990. 26. Family Variations. 27. People at the Margins. 28. Security Concerns Continue. 29. Diversions. 30. Concerns of Daily Life. 31. Technology. 32. More Discord. 33. Prospects.
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 2001 Dewey Dec. 973.9
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Examines the development of an American philosophy between the end of the Civil War and 1919 by exploring the lives of four key metaphysical thinkers: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., William James, Charles Sanders Peirce, and John Dewey.
‘The Metaphysical Club’ is written in the spirit of this idea about ideas. It is not a history of philosophy but an absorbing narrative about personalities and social history, a story about America. It begins with the Civil War and s in 1919 with Justice Holmes’s dissenting opinion in the case of U.S. v. Abrams-the basis for the constitutional law of free speech. The first four sections of the book focus on Holmes, James, Peirce, and their intellectual heir, John Dewey. The last section discusses some of the fundamental twentieth-century ideas they are associated with. This is a book about a way of thinking that changed American life.” -Publisher
Scribner 2003 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“Chronicling what he views as the most consequential decade of the past century, Nathan Miller — an award-winning journalist and five-time Pulitzer nominee — paints a vivid portrait of the 1920s, focusing on the men and women who shaped that extraordinary time, including, ironically, three of America’s most conservative presidents: Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover… As unprecedented economic prosperity and sweeping social change dazzled the public, the sensibilities and restrictions of the nineteenth century vanished, and many of the institutions, ideas, and preoccupations of our own age emerged. With scandal, sex, and crime the lifeblood of the tabloids, the contemporary culture of celebrity and sensationalism took root and journalism became popular entertainment. By discarding Victorian idealism and embracing twentieth-century skepticism, America became, for the first time, thoroughly modernized. There is hardly a dimension of our present world, from government to popular culture, that doesn’t trace its roots to the 1920s, and few decades are more intriguing or significant today.” -Publisher
Contents: “The personal instrument of God” — “To the red dawn” — “We’re all real proud of wurr’n” — “Gee, how the money rolls in!” — “My God, this is a hell of a job!” — “I thought I could swing it” — “My country ’tis of me” — “Coolidge or chaos” — “We loved every rattle” — ” A lost generation” — “Whooping it up for Genesis” — “Runnin’ wild” — “Boy, can you get stucco!” — Seven against the wall — “You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” — “The final triumph over poverty” — “Wall Street lays an egg.”
Morrison, Joan and Morrison, Robert K., eds.
Oxford University 1987 Dewey Dec. 973.92
From Camelot to Kent State tells the story of ten of the most dramatic years in the life of America-and of fifty-nine men and women who lived through those years. In their own words, civil rights activists, soldiers who fought in Vietnam, anti-war protesters, student radicals, feminists, Peace Corps workers, and many others take us inside the major events and movements of the period. Far from a dispassionate history of the Sixties, these stories bristle with the tension and immediacy of lived experience.
Contents: Hopeful beginnings – Saving the world – Hand in hand together – The distant drummer – The war at home – The generation gap – Four women – The counterculture – On the campuses – The yuppie and the yippie – Desperate measures: SDS, Weathermen, Black Panthers – Coda: Kent State – Chronology of the Sixties
The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki: Campaigning in North Russia 1918-1919
Moore, Joel R. (Captain) and others, ed.
Detroit: Polar Bear 1920 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“The American military intervention at Archangel, Russia, at the end of World War I, nicknamed the “Polar Bear Expedition,” is a strange episode in American history. Ostensibly sent to Russia to prevent a German advance and to help reopen the Eastern Front, American soldiers found themselves fighting Bolshevik revolutionaries for months after the Armistice ended fighting in France. During the summer of 1918, the U. S. Army’s 85th Division, made up primarily of men from Michigan and Wisconsin, completed its training at Fort Custer, outside of Battle Creek, Michigan, and proceeded to England. While the rest of the division was preparing to enter the fighting in France, some 5,000 troops of the 339th Infantry and support units (one battalion of the 310th Engineers, the 337th Field Hospital, and the 337th Ambulance Company) were issued Russian weapons and equipment and sailed for Archangel, a Russian port on the White Sea, 600 miles north of Moscow.” – Website of Bentley Historical Library
Three officers of the 339th Infantry wrote this history of the expedition in 1920, apparently with the cooperation of the Army. Numerous photos are included.
Mowry, George E.
Hill and Wang 1981 Dewey Dec. 973.91
The main theme of The Urban Nation is the transformation of American life during the past sixty-years through the rapid growth of cities and the accompanying emergence of a mass-production, mass-consumption economy. – Foreword
Contents: Foreword / David Herbert Donald — 1. Rise of the urban mass mind — 2. The politics of nostalgia — 3. The end of normalcy — 4. The New Deal and the politics of urbanism — 5. The totalitarian challenge: foreign policy, 1933-41 — 6. The divided world: foreign policy, 1941-60 — 7. Prosperity and pessimism — 8. The politics of statics, 1941-60 — 9. The politics of turmoil at home, 1960-69 — 10. The politics of turmoil abroad, 1960-69 — 11. The radical and libertarian sixties — 12. The troubled seventies
Collected books on Military History
Murray, Robert K.
University of Minnesota 1955 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“Few periods in American history have been so dramatic, so fraught with mystery, or so bristling with fear and hysteria as were the days of the great Red Scare that followed World War I. For sheer excitement, it would be difficult to find a more absorbing tale than the one told here. The famous Palmer raids of that era are still remembered as one of the most fantastic miscarriages of justice ever perpetrated upon the nation. The violent labor strife still makes those who lived through it shudder as they recall the Seattle general strike and Boston police strike, the great coal and steel strikes, and the bomb plots, shootings, and riots that accompanied these conflicts.” – Publisher
Westport, CT: Greenwood 1943 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Reprint of a 1943 edition of a National Archives publication. “This handbook is issued in response to a current demand for information concerning the functions and records of agencies of the United States Government that contributed to the participation of the United States in the first World War. In time of war the Government assumes control over activities and aspects of life with which it has little to do in time of peace.” Foreword of the Handbook
This handbook was created in the midst of World War II to assist government planners who wished to draw upon the experience of planners in the previous war.
Nash, George H.
Intercollegiate Studies Institute 1998 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Contents: The revolt of the libertarians — The revolt against the masses — The recovery of tradition and values — Nightmare in red — Consolidation — Fission and fusion : the quest for philosophical order — What is conservatism in America? : the search for a viable heritage — What is conservatism in America? : the Straussians, Willmoore Kendall, and the “Virtuous People” — Years of preparation – Things fall apart — Can the vital center hold? — Conservatism ascendant : the age of Reagan and beyond — Conclusion — Interviews and correspondence.
Dumond 1891 Dewey Dec. 363.4
New Republic, ed.
NY: Republic 1916 Dewey Dec. 973.91
This book “aims to give in compact and available form a sample of liberal opinion in the United States, as expressed from 1914 to 1916 at the suggestion of events. The editors hope that these articles, published at various times and now brought together, will show in this volume, more plainly than journalism with its emphasis on the moment cans how, the main purposes and attitudes underlying their weekly comment on affairs.” – Preface
Contents: (The first 15 of 65 articles) Lincoln – Uneasy America – When the Augurs yawned – The need of a positive policy – Our relations with Great Britain – Dealing with Germany – Submarines as commerce destroyers – The ultimate controversy – Mr. Wilson’s great utterance – Sovereign Mexico – Capitalism of the camp – Force, violence and law – Retribution – The great fighting phrase – The war after the war
Ogg, Frederic Austin
1918 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“Comprehensive, impartial summary, not too condensed for interest, of the leading events in the national, economic and political history of the United States during [this period]. Six maps, critical essay on authorities and index.” N.Y. State Library
“The election of 1908, the corporations and the trusts, tariff controversies, injunctions, party unrest, and Taft reaction are the subjects which occupy the earlier chapters. The canal, Latin America, the election of 1912, and our growing colonial empire come next. . . Woodrow Wilson, the Democratic reforms, and the Great war close the story.” Dial
Contents: 1. The Election of 1908 (1907-1908) 2. Currency and Tariff (1907-1909) 3. Railroad Regulation (1901-1913) 4. Corporations and Trusts (1901-1912) 5. Industry and Labor (1905-1914) 6. Conservation and Reclamation (1905-1916) 7. Population and Immigration (1906-1917) 8. Administrative Expansion and Reorganization (1900-1916) 9. Democracy and Responsibility in Government (1900-1916) 10. Political Unrest and Party Disintegration (1909-1912) 11. The Election of 1912 (1911-1912) 12. The Democrats in Power (1913-1914) 13. Financial, Industrial, and Colonial Policy (1913-1917) 14. The Guardianship of the Caribbean (1907-1917) 15. Latin American Issues and Policies (1907-1917) 16. The Mexican Imbroglio (1910-1917) 17. The Pacific and Asia (1907-1917) 18. Neutral Rights (1914-1916) 19. Economic Problems and Policies in War Time (1914-1917) 20. The Election of 1916 (1913-1916) 21. Preparedness and the Approach of War (1914-1917) 22. Critical Essay on Authorities
Olson, Keith W.
Univ. of Kansas 2003 Dewey Dec. 973.92
“Describes the White House-approved break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington’s Watergate complex and its aftermath – most importantly, the dramatic proceedings of the Senate Watergate Committee. The book provides an excellent, compact narrative of a crucial moment in the history of the American presidency.” Publ Wkly.
Contents: Patterns from the beginning — Context of the break-in: motives and primaries — The cover-up — Disclosures — The Senate Committee, testimonies, and Butterfield disclosure — The struggle for the tapes: from disclosure to the Saturday Night Massacre — From the Saturday Night Massacre to the tape transcripts: November 1973 to May 1974 — The consensus and the resignation — Ends and means: Watergate and the Cold War.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran 1937 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Frederick Palmer (1873-1958) was an American journalist and writer who spent much of his long career as a war correspondent, beginning in 1897 with the Greco-Turkish War. Between WWI and WW2 he wrote 31 books, including this one in 1937. A number of Palmer’s books can be found here at the Internet Archive and here at the Online Books Page.
“A war correspondent, who stole a march on many others, a good many years ago, reviews the war from today’s perspective, hoping to add his weight to the side of prevention. Outlining the sentimental shibboleths which concealed the real motives that dragged us into the war, he then goes on to a detailed picture of the years 1917-1918 — followed by a denunciation of the leaders, military and political — Wilson, Lodge, Dalfour, etc. Then a plea for complete isolation policy.” -Kirkus Review 1937
Contents: (First 10 chapter headings of 34) The immortal unknown – Sentiment – Friend customer – “It Was Murder!” – The mortal spell – could we have kept out? – A vain illusion – Destiny’s fatal month – The decisive month – Signing checks
Paterson, Thomas G.
Norton 1992 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“Contemporary participants and historians alike agree that the emergence of the Cold War after World War Il was of immense importance for the modern age, but they differ sharply on the causes of the feverish competition between the great powers so central to recent world affairs. Thomas G. Paterson attempts to bridge this gap by going beyond the confines of revisionist history. Through a synthesis of the existing literature and different schools of thought and by extensive research in rich American and British archival sources which have only recently been made available to scholars, the author examines the well-springs of both American and Soviet diplomacy within the broad context of the international system from 1944 to 1950.” -Book cover
Contents: Rubble: the world in 1945 — Conflict: the postwar international system — Spheres: the quest for influence, 1944-45 — Abundance: the “fundamentals” of the United States — Toughness: the tactics of Truman’s diplomacy — Consent: American public opinion and congress — Suspiciousness: Soviet foreign policy and its makers — Bipolarity: the world on 1950 — Appendix: the events of 1944-50.
Patterson, James T.
Oxford Univ. 1996 Dewey Dec. 973
The author weaves the major political, cultural, and economic events of … America from 1945 through Watergate.
Contents: Veterans, ethnics, blacks, women — Unions, liberals, and the state: stalemate — Booms — Grand expectations about the world — Hardening of the Cold War, 1945-1948 — Domestic politics: Truman’s first term — Red scares abroad and at home — Korea — Ike — World affairs, 1953-1956 — The biggest boom yet — Mass consumer culture — Race — A center holds, more or less, 1957-1960 — The polarized sixties: an overview — The new frontier at home — JFK and the world — Lyndon Johnson and American liberalism — A great society and the rise of rights-consciousness — Escalation in Vietnam — Rights, polarization, and backlash, 1966-1967 — The most turbulent year: 1968 — Rancor and Richard Nixon — Nixon, Vietnam, and the world, 1969-1974 — End of an era? Expectations amid Watergate and recession
Links to free online newspaper collections, historical and recent, for the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Wales, at Free Newspaper Archives
Pendergast, Tom and Pendergast, Sara, eds.
St. James 1999 Dewey Dec. 973.9
“An overview of popular culture in 20th century America with a particular emphasis on the second half of the century. In more than 2,700 entries, the nearly 450 contributors attempt to cover the major personalities, productions, products, events and developments from film, music, print culture, social life, sports, television and radio, art and performances (which include theater, dance, stand-up comedy, and other live performances).” – Am Ref Books Annual
Schlesinger, Arthur Meier
Houghton Mifflin 2000 Dewey Dec. 973.91
The 1st volume of Schlesinger’s autobiography, “…skillfully interweaving the personal and the historical, is elegantly simple and marvelously clear. Complex thoughts are set forth with a lucidity that conceals the depth of the intellectual analysis. Wit, humor and the resources of a natural storyteller sweep the reader along.” – Economist.
Contents: (First 10 of 25 chapter headings) Part I The Twenties – East from Iowa – Midwesterners in Cambridge – Life of a Reader – Part II The Thirties – Prep School – Round the World – Harvard College: What I Did – Harvard College: What I Enjoyed – Harvard College: What I Learned – The Twilight Year
Schlesinger, Arthur M. Jr.
History Book Club 2002 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Originally published in 1957. “Volume one of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.’s ‘Age of Roosevelt’ series, is the first of three books that interpret the political, economic, social, and intellectual history of the early twentieth century in terms of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the spokesman and symbol of the period. Portraying the United States from the Great War to the Great Depression, ‘The Crisis of the Old Order’ covers the Jazz Age and the rise and fall of the cult of business. For a season, prosperity seemed permanent, but the illusion came to an end when Wall Street crashed in October 1929. Public trust in the wisdom of business leadership crashed too. With a dramatist’s eye for vivid detail and a scholar’s respect for accuracy, Schlesinger brings to life the era that gave rise to FDR and his New Deal and changed the public face of the United States forever.” -Publisher
Contents: The golden day — Darkness at noon — The new nationalism — The new freedom — Nationalizing the new freedom — Euphoria and collapse — The politics of prosperity — Main Street in the White House — The ethos of normalcy — The economics of Republicanism — The age of business — Prophet in the new era — Outside looking in — The politics of frustration — Protest on the countryside — The stirrings of labor — The struggle for public power — The campaign of 1928 — The philosophy of Liberalism — The revolt of the intellectuals — The Valley of Darkness — Crash — The new era at bay — The contagion of fear — Business at the Great Divide — The agenda of reform — Farewell to reform — Climax in Washington — The crisis of 1932 — The politics of depression — The Democrats prepare — Decision in Chicago — The happy warrior — Childhood on the Hudson — Testing in Washington — Trial by fire — Responsibility in Albany — The darkling plain — Campaign for America — A nation waits — Confusion in the void.
Schlesinger, Arthur M. Jr.
Houghton Mifflin 1959 Dewey Dec. 973.91
The second of three volumes which interpret the political, economic, social and intellectual life of the United States during the time when Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office.
“This second volume of “The Age of Roosevelt” continues the work begun with “The Crisis of the Old Order, 1919-1933″. The dramatic story of how representative democracy began the battle to conquer economic collapse is followed through the first two years of the New Deal.” -Libr J
“Controversies are explained from two sides and concluded with value judgments that are generally astute and often brilliant.” – New Republic
Contents: (First 10 of 35 chapter headings) Prologue: The Hundred Days – The Fight for Agricultural Balance – Emergence of a Farm Policy – Organization of Agricultural Adjustment – The Politics of Agriculture – The Ordeal of a Prophet – Experiment in Industrial Planning – The Birth of NRA – The Blue Eagle – The Conundrum of Price – The Conundrum of Labor – The Decline of NRA
Schlesinger, Arthur M. Jr.
Houghton Mifflin 1960 Dewey Dec. 973.91
The last of three volumes which interpret the political, economic, social and intellectual life of the United States during the time when Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office.
“This volume “concentrates on the turbulent years of 1935-1936 – years when the revived American energies seem to be shooting off in every direction.” Publisher
Contents: (First 12 of 35 chapter headings) I The theology of ferment – Rise of the demagogues – Old folks’ crusade – Messiah of the rednecks – Dream of Fascism – Revolt in the Old Northwest – Utopia in the far west – Melting pot boils over – Insurgency on capitol hill – Radicalism: American plan – Radicalism: European plan – Growth of a conspiracy
Online Collections of Vintage Photos & Images of War
Schulman, Bruce J.
Free Press 2001 Dewey Dec. 973.92
“Writing with brio and infectious enthusiasm, Bruce Schulman takes the reader on a brisk journey through the decade that gave us disco, punk, and bell-bottoms, as well as a presidential resignation, landmark Supreme Court decisions on abortion rights and affirmative action, and the inexorable rise of the political and cultural power of the Sunbelt. He captures the essential personality of the decade, in all its color and consequence, as no other writer has done. ‘The Seventies’ is an impressive, entertaining, and richly instructive achievement.” – historian David M. Kennedy
Contents: Introduction: The sixties and the postwar legacy — Part I: “We’re finally on our own,” 1969-1976. “Down to the nut-cutting” : the Nixon Presidency and American public life ; E pluribus plures : from racial integration to “diversity” ; “Plugging in” : seeking and finding in the seventies ; The rise of the Sunbelt and the “reddening” of America — Part II: “Runnin’ on empty,” 1976-1979. Jimmy Carter and the crisis of confidence ; “This ain’t no foolin’ around” : rebellion and authority in seventies popular culture ; Battles of the sexes : women, men, and the family — Part III: “Hip to be square,” 1978-1984. “The Minutemen are turning in their graves” : the New Right and the tax revolt ; The Reagan culmination.
Schwartz, Richard Alan
Facts on File 1998 Dewey Dec. 973.9
“For at least 45 years, the Cold War was the most important fact of American public life. It conditioned what thought, said, wrote, watched, read and heard; it shaped politics, journalism, education, art, literature, all forms of popular entertainment and even children’s toys. ‘Cold War Culture’, a concise A-to-Z guide to the expression of American Cold War sensibilities and the first popular reference work on the subject, records this inescapable influence. Hundreds of entries trace the Cold War’s presence in forms and genres from journalism, cartoons and toys to detective novels, spy movies and TV westerns. The author provides overviews of important themes and covers significant careers and individual works of writers, directors, columnists, actors, musicians, political personalities and others.” -Back cover
Toronto: Glasgow, Brook 1921 Dewey Dec. 973.91
A volume in the ‘Yale Chronicles of America’ series.
Contents: Wilson the executive – Neutrality – The submarine – Plots and preparedness – America decides – The nation in arms – The home front – The fighting front – The path to peace – Ways of the peace conference – Balance of power or League of Nations? – The settlement – The Senate and the treaty – Conclusion
Siegel, Frederick F.
Hill and Wang 1984 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“A lively, fresh interpretation of the cultural civil war over the role of government in American life that has been going on since the New Deal. Siegel’s approach is thoughtful and his conclusions disturbing.” – Frank Freidel, Univ. of Washington
Contents: The crucible of World War II – 1946: the crucial year – Isolationist revenge – Truman, Eisenhower, and the politics of prosperity – From utopia to dystopia – The Sputnik years – The new frontier in power – From the Great Society to Black Power – Vietnam at home and abroad – Kulturkampf – Nixon and Kissinger: deception, dollars, and détente – Coup and counter-coup – Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and the legacy of George Wallace – Epilogue: The end of American exceptionalism
Singleton, Carl and Wildin, Rowena, eds.
Salem 1999 Dewey Dec. 973.92
“The Sixties in America surveys the events and people of the 1960’s. The set not only provides in-depth coverage of all aspects of the three major events of the 1960’s that give the decade its distinctive character-but also surveys important developments in the arts, science and technology, business and the economy, government and politics and gender issues. The set looks at the most important people and events in the arts, media, music and sports and covers the headline-grabbing news items of the period.” -Publisher
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Scribner 1926-1936 Dewey Dec. 973.91
In 1923 Mark Sullivan signed a contract with Scribners to write a history of the first 25 years of the 20th century. The resulting six volumes were published from 1926 to 1935, and were immensely successful. This was a new kind of history, closely related to his work writing a column on national politics and many magazine articles on a variety of topics. This popular history, conversational in style and employing news articles, illustrations, and collaboration with thousands of observers from a wide spectrum of American society, was a history the general reading public could identify with. Instead of following the rarified world of political elites, this history concerned itself with the world experienced by common people.
Pantheon 1984 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, “The Good War” is a testament not only to the vicissitudes of war but also to the extraordinary skill of Studs Terkel as an interviewer. From a pipefitter’s apprentice at Pearl Harbor to a crew member of the flight that dropped the atomic bomb over Nagasaki, Terkel’s subjects are open and unrelenting in recounting their experiences during World War ll. The result is a masterpiece of oral history.” -Publisher
Pantheon 1970 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“Persons of all ages, occupations, and classes scattered across the U.S. remember what they experienced or were told about the economic crisis of the 1930’s. The result is a social document of immense interest.” – Booklist.
“The effect is of constant surprise. Surprise not only at the extent of the experience that most people called ‘hard times’, but the extraordinary depths of the memories Mr. Terkel evokes.” -NY Times Book Rev
Theoharris, Athan G., ed.
Temple University 1982 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“From the 1930s to the 1980s, the FBI has devoted much of its resources to investigating political dissenters, from groups like the Weather Underground to “respectable” professional organizations, academics, and Congressmen. This political meddling the FBI intended to keep secret. These essays describe the agency’s past and present methods to hide its activities, the classic Cold War cases, and the degree of collaboration between the FBI, congressional committees, university officials, and journalists.” -Book jacket
In-House coverup / Athan G. Theoharis — FBI break-in policy / Anthony Marro — The case of the National Lawyers Guild, 1939-1958 / Percival Bailey — The FBI, Congressman Vito Marcantonio, and the American Labor Party / Kenneth Waltzer — Weinstein, Hiss, and the transformation of historical ambiguity into Cold War verity / Victor Navasky — Unanswered questions : Chambers, Nixon, the FBI, and the Hiss case / Athan Theoharis — Liberal values, the Cold War, and American intellectuals / Kenneth O’Reilly — The arrangement : the FBI and Harvard University in the McCarthy period / Sigmund Diamond — The FBI, the Congress, and McCarthyism / Kenneth O’Reilly and Athan G. Theoharis.
Tobin, Harold J. and Bidwell, Percy W.
NY: Council on Foreign Relations 1940 Dewey Dec. 973.91
In 1940 the Council on Foreign Relations was looking ahead to U.S. involvement in WW2 when it commissioned this plan for mobilizing the nation for war. The Foreword implies that Congress and the press were intended audiences, as it seemed clear that they were unaware that the mobilization of civilian production would be a greater challenge than the military effort.
Contents: Mobilizing a democracy – Improvisation, 1917-1918 – Planning, 1919-1939 – The plan today – Propaganda and censorship – Mobilization of the armed forces – Mobilization of industrial labor – Mobilization of business: priorities and commandeering – The control of prices and profits – The economics of procurement planning – The plan in action
Tompkins, Vincent, et al., eds.
Thompson Gale 1994-1996 Dewey Dec. 973.9
“Changes and challenges unique to each 10-year period are covered with extraordinary depth and thoroughness in ‘American Decades’. Each volume begins with a chronology of world events to provide a context for the American experience. Next, readers can explore American life during the decade from 12 separate perspectives: The Arts, Business and the Economy, Education, Fashion, Government and Politics, Law, Lifestyles and Social Trends, Media, Medicine and Health, Religion, Science and Technology, Sports. Each article includes articles covering headlines and headline-makers, awards, achievements and other enlightening and entertaining facts reported in an engaging style.” – Book cover.
Watkins, T. H.
Holt 1999 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“The Hungry Years tells the story of the Great Depression through the eyes of the people who lived it. Less concerned with the power brokers in Washington than with the daily struggles of ordinary people at the grassroots across America, it draws on little-known oral histories, memoirs, local press, and scholarly monographs to capture the voices of men and women in a time of extreme crisis. The result is a richly detailed narrative that traces the stages of the disaster chronologically without losing touch with the personal wounds it inflicted or the ways in which people responded.” -Publisher
The vignettes Watkins selects are gritty, visceral, and seamlessly sutured to the federal programs that rolled out in the course of the decade, making this a signal addition to the rich historiography of the Depression.” – Booklist.
Contents: Prelude: Careening Down Main Street, 1929 — Part I IN THE CRUCIBLE — 1. Boundaries of Havoc — 2. The Graveyard of Hope — 3. The Dance of Self-Reliance — 4. “The Long Slow-Match of Destiny” — 5. Making Ashes of Loyalty — Part II HOLDING UP THE WALLS — 6. The Present Instrument of Their Wishes — 7. A Scuffling Pageant of Relief — 8. The Scream of the Eagle — 9. “The President Wants You to Organize!” — 10. Freedom’s Fire — 11. The Machinery of Pride — 12. Another Form of Hunger — 13. The Lions of Labor — Part III THE POLUGHLAND CURVE — 14. Revolt in the Heartland — 15. Further Down the Country — 16. Huelga! — 17. An Evil in the Season — 18. A Perfect Laboratory — Postlude: Dismantling the Dream, 1939.
The Era in Journalism that Moved America to Reform – The Most Significant Magazine Articles of 1902-1912
Weinberg, Arthur & Lila, eds.
Putnam 1964 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“At beginning of the twentieth century America was brought to the shocking awareness that its society was not the best of all possible worlds by a startling new kind of journalism which Roosevelt named muckraking. The muckrakers sought out corruption in all its deepest hide-outs, and when they found it they proclaimed it in headlines across the country. They became famous overnight and have remained so for fifty years. Among the muckrakers are some of the most brilliant journalists of our century. Their greatest achievements arc gathered here: startling revelations on every conceivable source of corruption—from politics to white slavery, big business to patent medicine, bought votes to child labor. No subject was too delicate for these writers, no evil too gross for their attention. They were “the publicity men for reform,” the press agents for the Progressive Movement.” -Book jacket
Contents: (Some of the articles in this collection) Lincoln Steffens: “The Shame of Minneapolis-Boss Rule of a City”; Ida M. Tarbell: “The History of the Standard Oil Company: The Oil War of 1872-How the “Mother of Trusts” operated”; Ray Stannard Baker: “The Right to Work-The story of the nonstriking miner, or how union men kept scabs from working”; David Graham Phillips: “The Treason of the Senate: Aldrich, the Head of It LL-The “millionaires’ club”; Will Irwin: “The First Ward Ball-Pickpockets, bartenders, prostitutes, politicians and police captains celebrate the reign of graft”; Samuel Hopkins Adams: The Great American Fraud-Fraudulent claims and endorsements of patent medicines; William English Walling: “The Race War in the North-A challenge to the spirit of the abolitionists.”; Charles Edward Russell: “A Burglar in the Making-Convicts sold to contractors to work out their sentences”; George Kibbe Turner: “The Daughters of the Poor-Immigrant girls caught in the center of the white slave trade”
White, Donald W.
Yale Univ. 1996 Dewey Dec. 973.9
“Drawing on the writings of leading intellectuals, speeches by politicians, popular periodicals, movies and television, opinion polls, and dozens of other sources, White explores what Americans thought about power in the twentieth century, how they evaluated America’s expanding world role and the confrontation of the Cold War, and how they perceived the erosion of this unprecedented accumulation of power in the years after the Vietnam War. With colorful anecdotal details, White presents a new perspective on foreign affairs during these years, recounting the global spread of American democratic philosophy, technology, industrial goods, literature, arts, and way of life against a backdrop of military crises and diplomatic negotiations.” – Publisher
Contents: The origins of a world role – The growth of a world role – The manifestations of a world role – The crisis of a world role – The decline of a world role
Warner 1997 Dewey Dec. 973.92
Political columnist Witcover reviews “the tumultuous year in which the nation came ‘unglued’. Nixon and Agnew vie for the villain’s role, although neither would have been significant, contends the author, had LBJ not eroded his Kennedy legacy by escalating American involvement in Vietnam … This backward look is enriched by the 20/20 hindsight of surviving participants, some still prominent in public life.” Publ Wkly.
Contents: Foreword / David Halberstam — Ring out the old, ring in the new — January: the volcano rumbles — February: ominous signs — March: eruption in New Hampshire — April: the fire, this time — May: passions rising — June: murder of hope — July: false hopes — August: chaos — September: running in place — October: too little, too late — November: “Bring us together” — December: fly me to the moon — After the dream died.
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Yerkes, Robert Means, ed.
NY: Century 1920 Dewey Dec. 973.91
Essays by numerous authors on a wide variety of topics.
Contents: (Some of the articles in this collection) Science and War – Some Scientific Aspects of the Meteorological Work of the U.S. Army – War-time Photography – Optical Glass for War Needs – The Supply of Nitrogen Products for the Manufacture of Explosives – Contributions of Geology – The War Service of the Medical Profession – Some Diseases Prevalent in the Army – How Psychology Happened into the War – The National Research Council
Young, Ernest William
Boston: Badger 1922 Dewey Dec. 973.91
“The following pages attempt to treat of Functioning – Governmental Functioning at a time of peculiar crisis in the nation’s career. They do not assume to be a history of the Great War.” – Author’s Preface
Contents: Coming storm and preparation – Food administration – Fuel administration – Labor and wages – Ship-buildng – Government railroading – Secretary Baker and Mr. Creel in war – Post-office department – Press and public opinion – Liquor and vice – Russia and Bolshevism – Disloyalty – Looking toward peace – World’s Peace Congress – Treaty of Paris – League of Nations – Administration and politics – Wilson and Wilsonism – Profiteering – Reconstruction – Insurance and compensation – Spirit of America
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