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ISBN-13: 978-0199760251 ISBN-10: 019976025X Edition: 7th

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From 1941 to 1984, the United States achieved an amazing record of economic growth while witnessing the decline of its diplomacy and the fragmenting of its society. Author Chafe recounts the period in an exceptionally well-written study that bristles with telling anecdotes and quotations. His interpretation of events prior to 1968 is fairly routine but is supported with a sparkling density of statistical detail. However, after that signal date, his writing becomes more impressionistic and fails to fully account for the emergence of the New Right. The shift of traditionally liberal Jewish voters and the disaffection of blue-collar workers away from the left requires further research. For informed laypersons as well as scholars and specialists. James L. Jablonow ski, History Dept., Marquette Univ., Milwaukee
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"Still the best-written text on the period."--Paul Barrett, Illinois Institute of Technology "Beautifully written. . . . Unquestionably the finest history of the post-World War Two era."--Lewis H. Carlson, Western Michigan University "The Unfinished Journey still makes our students feel the history of the postwar era and is unsurpassed in its civil rights coverage."--Mollie C. Davis, Queens College
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  • Paperback: 642 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 7 edition (September 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019976025X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199760251
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.5 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ornt1428 on April 5, 2009
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This is an excellent survey of U.S. history since World War II. Just about every topic imaginable is covered: the Cold War, the baby boom, McCarthyism, TV and popular culture in the 1950s, the civil rights movement, JFK, LBJ, the 1960s youth movement, Vietnam, Watergate, women's liberation, Reagan, Clinton, and even such recent events as 9/11, the war in Iraq, and Katrina.

One of the book's strengths is that one is able to see the onset (from the Cold War to the quest for social change) of much of the polarization in our current-day politics. One of the best chapters is devoted to the year 1968, a "watershed" year that author William Chafe refers to as "a time of horror, embitterment, despair, and agony." He skillfully describes the country literally coming apart at the seams: how several forces sought social change, and how Richard Nixon was able to exploit the anger and violence of the year to win the presidential election. We seem to have been fighting the culture wars ever since.

There are some weaknesses. As an editor by profession, I was annoyed to see Bull Connor referred to as Bull "Conner" on at least one occasion, and Helen Gahagan Douglas (Nixon's "pink lady") is referred to as Helen "Galagan" Douglas at least once in the text and even in the index. Chafe also mentions Hurricane Katrina hitting Louisiana in early September 2005, when it actually hit at the end of August. I also would have liked to have seen some topics discussed in greater length: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the assassinations of MLK and RFK almost seem to just get mentioned in passing. That being said, Chafe has a lot of ground to cover, and he crams a lot of information into about 600 pages.

(Strangely, Chafe also refers to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin as just Doris Kearns. Don't know what that's all about.)

All in all, though, this is a good, thorough survey of "the unfinished journey" of American history.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ralph desmarais on March 8, 1999
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Chafe does a good job on selected topics;i.e., politics, civil rights and foreign policy. Weak on economics, technology, farm policy. Heavily dependent on some secondary sources like Doris Kearns Goodwin. Needs updating badly. 4th edition has been delayed for months.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura B on September 2, 2011
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This is much much more interesting than the average text book. I think this a book I'd like to keep around. There is something to be said about the clarity of hindsight and this text seems to have that. It also seems (and I do stress seems) to be a very balanced view of the history of the 'recent' past. I'm actually enjoying my assigned readings for a change
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Holland on October 4, 2013
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Author is comprehensive in coverage of the title subject. Only criticism would be that he feels he must offer two extreme views in each chapter summary and then his own middle of the road take. This results in having to read some ridiculous points of view. After all Stalin was an evil monster, how can there be a serious opposing view?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kathleen on November 3, 2014
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Good standard presentation of this period. Well written and organized. Fairly balanced approach.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe Carroll on August 19, 2004
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WWII, a Lesson in Realpolitik?

Two powerful nations, the United States and the USSR, were pitted against each other in a power-struggle during and after World War Two. This dangerous power struggle, referred to as the Cold War, at its very core, originated due to the economic needs of the United States and foreign policy rhetoric. Due to an alliance held together by little more than a common enemy, two very different nations were brought together as allies and became entangled in a post-war diplomatic nightmare.

"In December 1940 America had begun its Lend-Lease plan for sending arms to Britain" (J, 3). The motives behind the Lend-Lease program for England are very important in determining the motives for US interests in Europe. In hindsight, the Soviets accused the US of an "economically aggressive...effort to dominate the globe," (Time 1). Similar to World War I, the US had a vested interest in an English victory because "trade lines with England and France, economic and political control over Latin America and South America-all would be best preserved if Germany were defeated" (J, 33). The US Lend-Lease program for England was meant to alleviate Nazi aggression threatening these interests as well as others. Chafe writes "posing the issue [of war] as strictly one of self-interest offered little chance of success given the depth of America's revulsion toward internationalism. [The] Roosevelt [administration] relied [on] rhetoric of American values as a means of justifying the international involvement that knew must inevitably lead to war" (J, 34). Yet, "in June 1941, Germany invaded Russia and Stalin became `Uncle Joe" (J, 32).
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Choice Critic on March 16, 2007
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This text is a fine piece of historical work. It provides new historical perspectives on events that many of us have lived through. As our recent past recedes further into history, and as new original historical sources, such as presidential papers, become available, the view of history of any time period is subject to new and revised interpretations by scholars.

Reinterpratation of historical events are evidenced in this book. The book covers that period of U.S. History from the beginning of the Cold War through 9/11 and the Iraq War. This book does a very nice job as well in providing the history enthusiast or an amateur the present schloarly consensus on such major events as the Cuban Missile Crisis, race relations, the Vietnam War, and the women's movement.

It is well written, well documented and highly readable. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a good overview of recent U.S. history.
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