The American Century: A History of the United States Since the 1890s

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9781138133815: The American Century: A History of the United States Since the 1890s

The new edition of this classic text on modern U.S. history brings the story of contemporary America into the second decade of the twenty-first century with new coverage of the Obama presidency and the 2012 elections. Written by three highly respected scholars, the book seamlessly blends political, social, cultural, intellectual, and economic themes into an authoritative and readable account of our increasingly complex national story. The seventh edition retains its affordability and conciseness while continuing to add the most recent scholarship. Each chapter contains a special feature section devoted to cultural topics including the arts and architecture, sports and recreation, technology and education. Adding to the readers' learning experience is the addition of web links to each of these features, providing numerous complementary visual study tools. These links become live, and illustrations appear in full color, in the ebook edition.

An American Century instructor site provides instructors who adopt the book with high interest features--illustrations, photos, maps, quizzes, an elaboration of key themes in the book, PowerPoint presentations, and lecture launchers on topics including the Versailles Conference, the "Military-Industrial Complex" Speech by Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Tet Offensive, and the prospects for a Second American Century. In addition, students have free access to a multimedia primary source archive of materials carefully selected to support the themes of each chapter.

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About the Author:

Walter LaFeber is Andrew Tisch and James Tisch Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Cornell University. He is the author of America, Russia, and the Cold War, 1945 2006, 10th edition (2007), The New Empire: An Interpretation of American Expansion, 1865 1898, 25th anniversary edition (1998), which received the Albert G. Beveridge Prize from the American Historical Association, The Clash: US Japan Relations throughout History (1997), which received the Bancroft Prize in American History and the Ellis Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians, The American Age: US Foreign Policy Abroad and at Home since 1750, 2nd edition (1994), and Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America, 2nd edition (1992), which won the Gustavus Myers Prize.

Richard Polenberg is Marie Underhill Noll Professor of History Emeritus at Cornell University. He is the author of Hear My Sad Story: The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee," "John Henry," and Other Traditional American Folk Songs and "Fighting Faiths: The Abrams Case, The Supreme Court, and Free Speech", and is the editor of In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer: The Security Clearance Hearing, all from Cornell.

Nancy Woloch teaches history and American Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of 'Muller vs. Oregon: A Brief History with Documents' (1996); co-author of 'The American Century: A History of the United States Since the 1890s' (1998), with Walter Lafeber and Richard Polenberg; and co-author of 'The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People' (4th ed., 2000).

Review:

 "It is written in a lively and edifying manner that will engross both history and non-history majors. The text primarily follows a chronological format, making it easy to assign specific chapters or sections for use as supplemental readings in classes dealing with more specific subjects. The text can also be used as the primary textbook in both one and two semester courses dealing with 20th Century American history. One of the features that makes this text so engaging for students is that the writers have balanced the historical, political, and economic facts with cultural, intellectual, and social insights that help to not only bring the subject matter to life, but also to make the material more relevant to modern students. The organization of the material makes it easy for instructors to customize its use to meet their classes' unique requirements and the wealth of supplemental material that is available will enhance the students' learning experience." ―History in Review

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