The new edition of this classic text for courses on recent U.S. history covers the story of contemporary America from World War II into the second decade of the twenty-first century with new coverage of the Obama presidency and the 2012 elections. Written by three highly respected scholars, the book seamlessly blends political, social, cultural, intellectual, and economic themes into an authoritative and readable account of our increasingly complex national story. The seventh edition retains its affordability and conciseness while continuing to add the most recent scholarship. Each chapter contains a special feature section devoted to cultural topics including the arts and architecture, sports and recreation, technology and education. Enhancing the students' learning experience is the addition of web links to each of these features to provide complementary visual study tools.
An American Century instructor site provides instructors who adopt the book with high interest features--illustrations, photos, maps, quizzes, an elaboration of key themes in the book, PowerPoint presentations, and lecture launchers on topics including the "Military-Industrial Complex" Speech by Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Tet Offensive, and the prospects for a Second American Century. In addition, students have free access to a multimedia primary source archive of materials carefully selected to support the themes of each chapter.
Table of Contents
List of Maps, Preface, Chapter Nine: 1941-1947: War and Peace, Chapter Ten: 1941-1947: One World Into Two, Chapter Eleven: 1947-1952: The America of the Cold War, Chapter Twelve: 1952-1957: Eisenhower and the American Consensus, Chapter Thirteen: 1957-1963: New Frontiers at Home and Abroad, Chapter Fourteen: 1963-1968: The Great Society and Vietnam, Chapter Fifteen: 1969-1975: The Imperial Presidency and Watergate, Chapter Sixteen: 1976-1984: New Directions, Chapter Seventeen: 1985-1992: The End of the Cold War, Chapter Eighteen: 1993-2000: The Road to the Twenty-First Century, Chapter Nineteen: 9/11: Causes and Consequences, Chapter Twenty: 2007-2012: Obama-"America Is a Place Where All Things Are Possible" (Sometimes), Guide to Further Reading, Index, About the Authors
Walter LaFeber, Richard Polenberg and Nancy Woloch