Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era

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Basic Books, 2008 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 302 pages
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When Homeward Bound first appeared in 1988, it altered the way we understood Cold War America. The post-World War II era was thought of as a time when Americans turned away from politics to enjoy the fruits of peace and prosperity, while their leaders remained preoccupied with the dangers of the Atomic Age. Elaine Tyler May demonstrated that the Cold War infused life on every level from the boardroom to the bedroom. This new edition includes up-to-date information and references, along with an epilogue that examines how the legacy of the Cold War has shaped America since September 11, 2001.

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One of the best books I've encountered in two years of immersion in post-war American history. It was curious reading Homeward Bound and realizing that I'd internalized many of May's arguments about ... Read full review

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May looks at the new structures of white domesticity that arise after World War II, in relationship to the cold war. She argues that these are new structures, in response to the pressures of the cold ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Elaine Tyler May is Regents Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Barren in the Promised Land, and she has written for Ms., the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and other publications. She is the former President of the American Studies Association and President-Elect of the Organization of American Historians. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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