America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s

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9780199765065: America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s

America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s, Fourth Edition, is the definitive interpretive survey of the political, social, and cultural history of 1960s America. Written by two top experts on the era-Maurice Isserman, a scholar of the Left, and Michael Kazin, a specialist in Right-wing politics and culture-this book provides a compelling tale of this tumultuous era filled with fresh and persuasive insights.

For the fourth edition the authors have updated the text in light of new research, offering strong and thoughtful analysis of such key topics as the U.S. entry into the Vietnam War, youth culture, the New Left, and women and minority groups. Presenting the most even-handed overview of this turbulent period, America Divided, Fourth Edition, defines, discusses, and analyzes all sides of the political, social, and cultural conflicts of the 1960s in a swiftly moving narrative. It is ideal for courses in 1960s America and America since 1945, or for anyone interested in the last fifty years of American History.

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About the Author:

Maurice Isserman is Professor of History at Hamilton College. Michael Kazin is Professor of History at Georgetown University.

Review:


"This is the finest and most comprehensive history of `The Sixties' ever written. Professors Isserman and Kazin skillfully combine insightful analysis and captivating narrative to demonstrate how and why that political and cultural civil war haunts us yet. Their book is therefore more than another history: it is an act of engaged citizenship."--Nelson Lichtenstein, University of Virginia


"America Divided is a riveting read, brimming with lively anecdotes, original insights, sharp analysis, and scrupulous scholarship. It is, far and away, the most compelling single volume history of the 1960s currently available. A superb book."--Douglas Brinkley, University of New Orleans


"From 60s radical to 60s historian is a long passage and few have navigated it more intelligently than Maurice Isserman and Michael Kazin. America Divided reconstructs the decade in all its almost unbelievable complexity, presenting its ever-unfolding movements and events in clear, simple, and straightforward fashion, explaining ideological issues without ever being ideological itself. Its discussion of the disappearance of the liberal consensus under simultaneous assaults from the left and the right provide a necessary foundation for understanding American politics today. According to an already-old joke, `If you can remember the 60s you weren't really there,' but the joke is wrong. Reading Isserman and Kazin, it becomes possible not only to remember the decade but to at last begin to understand it."--Elinor Langer, Fellow of the Open Society Institute and author of Josephine Herbst


"When two accomplished historians of the calibre of Isserman and Kazin turn their talents to a survey of the Sixties, the result is an engrossing narrative and a highly intelligent analysis of the era's cultural, political, and social events. I found myself eagerly turning pages to see how they would handle the decade's key actors, moments, and trends, and was always rewarded with judicious and insightful treatments."--Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University


"America Divided is an indispensable history of the 1960s. Isserman and Kazin grapple with the abundant paradoxes of an era of youthful activism and resurgent conservatism, of sexual revolution and religious revival, of naive political optimism and growing distrust in government. Their compelling narrative helps make sense of the most contentious political and cultural debates of our time."--Thomas J. Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania


"Recommended for academic, secondary school, and public libraries."--Library Journal


"In their new synthesis history of the United States in the 1960s, former student radicals Maurice Isserman and Michael Kazin reinterpret the decade as a politically complicated 'dramatization of our humanity,' not a Baby Boomer morality tale of sex, drugs, and protest."--Boston Review of Books


"A thoroughly detailed, well-written history of the tumultuous recent past."--Kirkus Reviews


"Thanks to this provocative and spirited book, we can begin to appreciate the 1960s as a time when 'things fell apart' only to be refashioned by people of conviction into the New America."--Ed Voves, The Philadelphia Inquirer


"[A] basic introduction to the period, debunks popular myths about the role of government and the nature of the counterculture, and helps call attention to overlooked parts of the story, ranging from changes in religious practice to the rise of a conservative social movement....[S]ets the standard by which popular accounts of the period will be judged in the future."--Edward Cohn, The Boston Book Review


"A knowing and highly readable narrative"--Evan Thomas, Washington Post


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