This compelling book focuses on the sea change in American politics from the 1960s to the present-from a time when liberals created bold government programs to solve important social problems, to contemporary distrust of government and rejection of liberal ideals. H. W. Brands delineates the intimate connection between the rise of postwar liberalism and the emergence of the Cold War. When the Cold War ended and Americans ceased to feel dependent on their government for protection, the fate of liberalism was sealed."A brilliant autopsy of a dearly departed American political tradition. . . . Provocative." -Kirkus Reviews; "Consistently interesting. . . . A useful tonic to liberals who underestimate the difficulty of passing new government programs."-Nicholas Lemann, Washington Monthly; "Brands' work contributes mightily to the discussion of what liberalism is. He succeeds with great verve and style."-David Turner, Raleigh News and Observer
Author Biography: H. W. Brands, Distinguished Professor and Melbern G. Glasscock Chair in American History, Texas A&M University, is also the author of The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin and The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream.
H.W. Brands has once again written a lucid, brisk, accessible, incisively argued book with laser-like focus.