Maurice Isserman, Michael Kazin. America Divided: The Civil War of the s. The specter of the s still haunts contemporary American society. There is no clear consensus on what exactly happened more than thirty years ago, let alone on the ways those events have shaped the contemporary scene. The sixties remain very much in play, their meaning hotly contested though often without sufficient historical context.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — America Divided by Maurice Isserman. Michael Kazin. Written by two top experts on the era--Maurice Isserman, a scholar of the Left, and Michael Kazin, a specialist in Right-wing politics and culture--this book provides a compelling tale of this tumultuous era filled with fresh and persuasive insights.

In this revised edition, Isserman and Kazin draw upon the latest scholarship to offer new insights into the Vietnam War, youth culture, and the lasting impact of the s on American politics, culture, and society. Isserman and Kazin also shed some much-needed light on the era's often overlooked rise of the New Right and its far-reaching implications, which not only offer a critical dimension to the understanding of this period, but to the future of America as well. It is ideal for courses in s America and America since Get A Copy.

Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about America Divided , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. America Divided is a very thorough review of the political, social, and cultural history of the s.

This decade is known for being a tumultuous time of change in our nation's history. The 60s begin with a new era of democratic politics, moving away from the conservative leadership of Dwight D. The young Catholic John F. Kennedy wins the presidency taking on a new age of liberalism.

Cuba and V America Divided is a very thorough review of the political, social, and cultural history of the s. Cuba and Vietnam are at the top of the list of JFK's foreign relations concerns. After JFK's assassination, Vice President Lyndon Johnson becomes the nation's leader and the "New Left" rises in the wake of student protests and rising tensions with Vietnam taking us into an unwinnable war.

A conservative revival and the war brings another change leading to the election of Richard Nixon in the latter part of the decade. This was the decade that marginalized groups yearned to be heard and to gain equal rights for women, Blacks, Chicanos, and LGBT.

This book covers it all and covers it well. Although this book is intended as a scholarly read, for use as a text for history students, it is very readable and a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about this era. The book actually starts in the mids, laying the ground with the mindset of the nation in the post-war era. It continues chronologically through the mids and the resignation of Nixon after the Watergate debacle, but the meatiest part of the text centers on the 60s.

It is a somewhat short book yet very thorough. The perfect resource for the 60s. Feb 11, Ken Dowell rated it liked it. But if the shelves of my local library are any indication there is a paucity of comprehensive histories of the decade.

America Divided is just that. In their book they look back at that decade from a more professional perspective. I read it from a less emotional perspective than any of us had at the time. Does it change my opinion of some of the central cast of characters? The authors present Jack Kennedy as substantially less effective than he was popular and LBJ is not portrayed as quite as bad as was generally thought. Nixon, on the other hand, was Nixon.

And there is no getting around the conclusion that the Vietnam War needlessly dragged my generation into a place where they slaughtered and were slaughtered. So those are central themes running through the book. Some chapters are organized topically taking us through the whole decade. Some others focus on particularly eventful years like and This is both a smart and thorough account of what seemed at the time like a transformative decade in American history and is also a pretty good read.

Aug 28, Brandy rated it really liked it Shelves: , recent-us-history , books-i-own. Read this for a grad class. I almost gave this a low score, but then I realized it wasn't fair.

This is a very good survey of the Long 60s. I was bored with it because I already have a really solid background, and this book is perfect for those without.

It covers all the major points in good detail domestic, anyway. Feb 08, Billy rated it it was ok Shelves: 20th-centurys. They argue that in hindsight, liberalism was actually inflated during the s. Their proof, beyond the end of liberalism and the rise of Nixon, the congressional elections in which republicans made major gains.

Mar 20, Terri rated it really liked it. We were required to read this book for a college history class. The book was definitely better reading than traditional textbooks, resulting in more intriguing dialogue in the classroom. I would like to read this again, soon. Nov 08, Will Corvin rated it it was amazing.

One of the best textbooks I have ever had. Provides a great synopsis of the 60s while adequately showing both sides. Somewhat biased towards liberals, but the 60s were too and it's hard not to focus on the leftist movements of the time period. Jan 21, Luke rated it liked it. Great read. I needed this book for a college course I am taking. This book is full of information and not too difficult of a read. I love history so it is not surprising that I found interest in this book.

Aug 04, David rated it it was amazing. Sep 30, AskHistorians added it Shelves: united-states-of-america-history , social-history , cultural-history. Another good overview of the sixties, which frames the upheaval of the 60s as a "civil war. Jul 10, R rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction.

I am not a history person at all. I learned a lot from reading this book and it made me want to read more history-related books. Mar 04, Tyler rated it it was amazing. An excellent synthesis of the tensions and divisions that plagued America during the s, from the Vietnam War to religion to counterculture.

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America Divided

A best-selling, balanced examination of the political, social, and cultural divides of the s in a swiftly moving narrative. America Divided: The Civil War of the s , Fifth Edition, is the definitive interpretive survey of the political, social, and cultural history of s America. Written by two top experts on the era--Maurice Isserman, a historian of American radicalism, and Michael Kazin, a specialist in social movements--this book provides a compelling tale of this tumultuous era filled with fresh and persuasive insights. Michelle Kuhl, Joel M. Sipress, and David J. Request examination copy. Joel M.


America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s

Co-authored with Georgetown Professor of History Michael Kazin, the book was originally published in Sections on the Black Panther Party and the Vietnam War have been revised and an exploration of the origins of mass incarceration following the s is included. The bibliography has also been revised to include the latest in popular and scholarly treatments of the decade. Submit News. Subscribe to Newsletter. Additional Navigation All News. Faculty News.

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The meaning of the '60s depends, ultimately, upon which aspects of that time seem most significant to the retrospective observer. We have chosen to tell a story about the intertwined conflicts-- over ideology and race, gender and war, popular culture and faith--that transformed the U. The narrative does not remain within the borders of a single decade; like most historians, we view "the '60s" as defined by movements and issues that arose soon after the end of World War 11 and were only partially resolved by the time Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency. Our own friendship is a creation of the long s and its continuing aftermath. We met in in Portland, Oregon--two young radicals of college age who cared a great deal more about changing history than studying it.

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