Baker & Taylor
Alphabetically arranged entries provide coverage of the diplomatic, economic, political, and cultural events in the United States from the outbreak of the Cold War to the rise of the United States as the last remaining superpower.
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From the outbreak of the Cold War to the rise of the United States as the last remaining superpower, the years following World War II were filled with momentous events and rapid change. Diplomatically, economically, politically, and culturally, the United States became a major influence around the globe. On the domestic front, this period witnessed some of the most turbulent and prosperous years in American history. "Postwar America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History" provides detailed coverage of all the remarkable developments within the United States during this period, as well as their dramatic impact on the rest of the world. A-Z entries address specific persons, groups, concepts, events, geographical locations, organizations, and cultural and technological phenomena. Sidebars highlight primary source materials, items of special interest, statistical data, and other information; and Cultural Landmark entries chronologically detail the music, literature, arts, and cultural history of the era. Bibliographies covering literature from the postwar era and about the era are also included, as are illustrations and specialized indexes.
This four-volume encyclopedia offers some 550 alphabetical entries detailing historical developments in the United States following World War II. Broadly speaking, the topics covered include arts and popular culture; civil liberties and civil rights; defense and foreign affairs; economy and labor; education; family, community, society; government and politics; health and medicine; legal issues, courts, and crime; race and ethnicity; religion and spiritual issues; science, technology, and the environment. The entries range from broad topics such as the automobile industry, day care, banking and credit, tort law, organized crime, death and dying, and anticommunism to the extremely specific, including the Kent State shootings, the My Lai Massacre, the Head Start program, Richard Nixon's "Checkers speech," Abscam, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Attica prison riot. Included in the fourth volume is a guide to print and broadcast cultural landmarks of the era, containing brief descriptions of works ranging from Allen Ginsberg's Howl to The X-Files. This is followed by a glossary, a topical bibliography, and a general index. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)