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The American Paradox: A History of the United States Since 1945

 
 
 
 
The American Paradox: A History of the United States Since 1945
Author: Steven M. Gillon
ISBN 13: 9780618660865
ISBN 10: 618660860
Edition: 2
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication Date: 2006-07-20
Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
List Price: $144.95
 
 

This reader for courses in recent American history emphasizes political participation and popular culture. Its main theme is the relationship of Americans to their government, for example, how Americans as a people remain skeptical of big government even as they expect it to facilitate large programs such as Social Security. The Second Edition features a range of content enhancements, including increased coverage of events from 1970 to the present. In addition to the author's vivid, accessible writing style, the text maintains its focus on the tension between popular culture and social realities, the dynamics of minority groups and their place in American society, and the ambivalent feelings of many Americans concerning the U.S.'s role in the world during the postwar period.