The classic book on private life during the Cold Warfully revised and updated for the twentieth anniversary edition.
May (history, Minnesota) seeks to reconcile two prevailing but contradictory images of the 1950s: the notion of domestic tranquility and happiness amidst the fears and tensions of the Cold War. She does so by locating American family life within the larger political culture and by arguing that the retreat to the privacy and security of the home was a response to the era's political insecurities. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including data on 300 couples, she finds ideological connections between Cold War policies and conservative social ``norms.'' A provocative thesis that will stir debate. Marie Marmo Mullaney, Caldwell Coll., N.J.