Restless Giant : The United States from Watergate to Bush vs. Gore
Patterson describes how, when the Cold War finally ended, Americans faced bewildering new developments around the world and discovered-in Panama, Somalia, Bosnia, and Iraq-that it was far from easy to direct the outcome of global events. In exploring a wide range of cultural, social, and economic concerns, Patterson shows how the persistence of racial tensions, high divorce rates, alarm over crime, and urban decay all led many writers to portray this era as one of decline. But Restless Giant offers a more positive perspective, arguing that our often unmet expectations caused many of us to view the era negatively, when in fact we were in many ways better off than we thought. By 2000, most Americans lived more comfortably than they had in the 1970s, and though bigotry and discrimination were far from extinct, a powerful rights consciousness insured that these were less pervasive in American life than at any time in the past.
With insightful analyses and engaging prose, Restless Giant captures this period of American history in a way that no other book has, illuminating the road that the United States traveled from the dismal days of the mid-1970s through the hotly contested election of 2000.
- Paperback | 496 pages
- 149.9 x 218.4 x 33mm | 657.72g
- 05 Mar 2007
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- 32 pp halftone plates
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About James T. Patterson
author of the Bancroft Prize-winning From Jim Crow to Civil Rights