The Best Years, 1945-1950

The Best Years, 1945-1950

By: Joseph C. Goulden

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"Lively, instructive, and evocative …  a veritable tour guide of the formative years, and I wouldn't have missed the trip for anything." — Bill Moyers
For many Americans, the five-year period between the end of World War II and the start of the Korean War was a golden era, marked by a booming economy and a national mood of unity and optimism. For others, it represents a simmering mix of tensions, an era shadowed by troubled race relations and out-of-control anti-Communism. This unique and highly regarded book offers a nuanced and perceptive exploration of how Americans of the era thought and behaved that's based on then-current information rather than through the long-distance prism of history.
Journalist Joseph C. Goulden quotes both prominent and obscure citizens, who describe their experiences of postwar America. His historical narrative is punctuated by several brief reminiscences of his own youth in Texas during these pivotal years, and he provides a new Preface with additional insights garnered since the book's original 1976 publication. The result is an intricate and indelible record of a crucial period in American political and social history.
"Good history and good reading: a remarkable triumph." — Larry L. King

Reprint of the Atheneum, New York, 1976 edition, with a new Preface by the author.
AvailabilityUsually ships in 24 to 48 hours
ISBN 100486838269
ISBN 139780486838267
Author/EditorJoseph C. Goulden
Page Count480
Dimensions6 x 9

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