American Dreams

Un libro in lingua di Brands H. W. edito da Penguin Group USA, 2010

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"Brands is a master at finding the essence of an important American life, telling its story grippingly, and showing us why it is important to our own generation."---Michael Beschloss

"Brands weaves together keen political history with anecdote and marvelous sense of place to produce a vivid tableau."---The Boston Globe

"He has brought to vivid life the central figures in his story. while at the same time providing a fresh understanding of the rich historical context for their thoughts and actions at every step along the way."---Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer-winning historian; author of Team of Rivals

"Brands knows how to write narrative and how to make the complex comprehensible."---Jonathan Yardley. The Washington Post Book World

"[Brands] offers... a succession of amusing anecdotes and vivid tales."---The New Republic

From bestselling historian H, W. Brands, an incisive chronicle of the events and trends that guided-and sometimes misguided---our nation from the A-bomb to the iPhone

For a brief, bright moment in 1945, America stood at its apex, looking back on victory not only against the Axis powers but against the Great Depression, and looking ahead to seemingly limitless power and promise. What we've done with that power and promise over the past six decades is a vitally important and fascinating topic that has rarely been tackled in one volume, and never by a historian of H. W. Brands's stature.

As American Dreams opens, Brands shows us a country dramatically different from our own today-more unequal in social terms but more equal economically, more religious and rural but also more liberal and more wholeheartedly engaged with the rest of the world. As he traces the changes we have gone through as a nation, he reveals the great themes and dreams that have driven America: the rising focus on individual rights and pleasures, the growing distance between our globals and those of the rest of the world, and the inexorable dissolution of a shared sense of what it means to be American. In Brands's adroit hands, these trends unfold through a character-driven narrative that sheds brilliant light on the obvious highs and lows-from Watergate to the Berlin Wall, from Apollo 11 to 9/11, from My Lai to shock and awe. But he also chronicles the surprising impact of less celebrated events and trends. Through his eyes, we realize the sweeping significance of the immigration reforms of the 1960s, which gradually transformed American society. We come to grasp the vast impact of aban-doning the gold standard in 1971, which enabled both globalization and the recent financial crisis. We ponder the unnerving results of CNN's debut in 1979, which sped up the news cycle and permanently changed our foreign policy by putting its effects live on our TV screens.

Blending political and cultural history with his keen sense of the spirit of the times, Brands captures the national experience through the last six decades and reveals the still unfolding legacy of dreams born out of a global cataclysm.

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