Age of Fracture

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Harvard University Press, Sep 3, 2012 - History - 360 pages
Rodgers presents the first broadly gauged history of the ideas and arguments that profoundly reshaped America in the last quarter of the twentieth century. From the ways in which Ronald Reagan changed the formulas of the Cold War presidency to the era’s intense debates over gender, race, economics, and history, it maps the dynamics through which mid-twentieth-century ideas of structure fell apart between the mid 1970s and the end of the century. Where conventional histories of modern America have focused on specific decades, the book traces the larger transformations in social ideas and visions that reshaped the era from the early 1970s through the end of the century.

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painstaking contemporary history, drawing on several US Presidential Administrations and several decades of socio-economic and political thought. Very good read. Read full review

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Some books win prizes because they're excellent; some books win prizes because they're timely. Chalk Rodgers' Bancroft up to timeliness, I'm afraid. This is a solid history of ideas in America since ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Daniel T. Rodgers is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at Princeton University.

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