Big Change

Big Change : America Transforms Itself, 1900-50

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  • Paperback | 271 pages
  • 140 x 200mm
  • Joanna Cotler Books
  • United States
  • 0060801506
  • 9780060801502

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The editor of Harper's Magazine and author of Only Yesterday and its successors, once again demonstrates his unique gift for writing social history in terms that everyone who reads can understand - and enjoy. Whether the reader's particular interest lies in the field of nostalgic recall- or in business- or in the panorama of economic change - or in literature and the arts - or in the social scene, he will find something to his bent. Here is a book that gives a surface impression of entertaining and perceptive and almost "slick" appraisal of the passing show, and yet, to each in his own field, there is evidence of sound grounding, scholarly interpretation, an ability to probe for the causes, and to select from the mass of ponderous facts those that tell the story. It is a heartening book for Americans to read and scotches, once and for all one might think, the current mood of despair and the backward look to the good old days. For in virtually every direction, he shows how basically better off we are, the margin of differentials in standards of living, of education, of opportunity not so great. He points out the dangers- very real ones- of superficiality. But he poses the Old Order against the New, traces the momentum of change and its impetus, and gives a convincing portrait of today's form of American capitalism, in restless balance between government controls and sustained private industry, directed not toward- but past socialism. The book grew out of a much-discussed article in Harper's in 1950. It is timely and pertinent to our needs today. (Kirkus Reviews)
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