The End Of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 21, 2011 - Political Science - 384 pages
At a time when liberalism is in disarray, this vastly illuminating book locates the origins of its crisis. Those origins, says Alan Brinkley, are paradoxically situated during the second term of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whose New Deal had made liberalism a fixture of American politics and society. The End of Reform shows how the liberalism of the early New Deal—which set out to repair and, if necessary, restructure America’s economy—gave way to its contemporary counterpart, which is less hostile to corporate capitalism and more solicitous of individual rights. Clearly and dramatically, Brinkley identifies the personalities and events responsible for this transformation while pointing to the broader trends in American society that made the politics of reform increasingly popular. It is both a major reinterpretation of the New Deal and a crucial map of the road to today’s political landscape.

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In The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War, Alan Brinkley argues that the experience of World War II altered liberalism. He writes, “The new liberalism that evolved in response to ... Read full review

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Documents the changes to the New Deal caused by the 1937 recession and the Second World War. Brinkley briefly discusses the pre-Recession polices and then gets into extreme detail regarding the people ... Read full review


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Alan Brinkley is the Allan Nevins Professor of American History at Columbia University. His books include The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century, Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression, which won the National Book Award for History, and The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People. His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in The American Historical Review, The Journal of American History, the New York Times Book ReviewThe New York Review of Books, the Times Literary SupplementThe New Republic, and other publications. He lives in New York City.

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