America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s, Fourth Edition, is the definitive interpretive survey of the political, social, and cultural history of 1960s America. 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.
For the fourth edition the authors have updated the text in light of new research, offering strong and thoughtful analysis of such key topics as the U.S. entry into the Vietnam War, youth culture, the New Left, and women and minority groups. Presenting the most even-handed overview of this turbulent period, America Divided, Fourth Edition, defines, discusses, and analyzes all sides of the political, social, and cultural conflicts of the 1960s in a swiftly moving narrative. It is ideal for courses in 1960s America and America since 1945, or for anyone interested in the last fifty years of American History.
New to This Edition
* New coverage of the "Global Sixties," demonstrating how the cultural and political conflicts taking place in the United States were also occurring in other countries around the world * Updated and expanded conclusion discusses the 2008 presidential election and its relation to the 1960s * More material on environmentalism, gay rights, and the women's movement * Greater coverage of popular culture, including cinema, theater, pop art, and music * Revised and expanded discussions of the labor and the feminist movement and of the economics of the era
Accurate, Comprehensive, & masterful Overview of the 1960s!
By Barron Laycock "Labradorman" - October 13, 2000
It is often said that history is written by the victors, meaning, I suppose, that the particular interpretation recorded for posterity reflects the ideology and perspective of those dominating forces successful in the particular struggle a particular historical treatment covers. Of course, such a self-serving interpretation may in fact vary wildly from anything like an accurate accounting of the actual unfolding of events and issues. Nowhere in contemporary society is such an inaccurate, disingenuous, and self-serving revisionist tendency likely as in the coverage and reflection on the events and issues of the sixties counterculture. Many recent tomes purport the times in such a solipsistic and self-serving fashion as to turn the truth on its very head. Yet all that is corrected in this wonderful overview of the momentous events and social, economic, and political issues as characterized the sixties. In "America Divided", a fascinating work comparing the deep and dangerous divisions... read more
A well-balanced and comprehensive study of the 1960's
By Joe Brown - January 31, 2000
In "America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960's," Maurice Isserman and Michael Kazin effectively summarize a painfully divisive yet enlightening decade in our nation's history. By focusing on political, cultural, and economic changes wrought by both the liberal and conservative camps, Isserman and Kazin give a comprehensive and objective account of the 1960's. The authors begin by making an interesting point by comparing the sweeping changes wrought by the Civil War with that of the 1960's and make the assertion that both periods had much in common with how they both changed and divided America. In the 1950's, America enjoyed both an economic and diplomatic prosperity in the wake of World War II. The average family income increased and the "affluent society" which arose out of it ironically became an identifying factor in causing much of the political and social divisiveness prevalent in the 1960's. The authors' examination of the civil rights... read more
Just the facts Ma'am
By Tojagi - April 10, 2011
When I read that these authors were social activists in the 1960s I was bracing myself for a slanted history. Nothing of the kind. This is the most clear, concise, and unbiased account I've read. A textbook account. And it is all protein. No wasted words. I especially liked the four pages starting on page 68 where the authors explain how America got involved with Vietnam. I also appreciated the clear, concise explanation of the religious shake-up beginning on page 255. The Civil rights movement, the women's movement, sex, drugs, rock n roll, the war on poverty; it's all decribed in plain English. I couldn't find one single paragraph where I felt they were pushing an opinion. And perhaps that is why there are not more reviews for this book. People respond to political opinion and polemics. There's a general feeling among Americans that everyone must weigh-in on the sixties, take a side. This is true, I've noticed, even for those not old enough to remember the 60s.
The complete text of the bestselling narrative history of the Civil War--based on the celebrated PBS television series. This non-illustrated edition interweaves the author's narrative with the voices ...