Great Society

A New History of the 1960s in America
Product Number: EB00720556
Released: Apr 23, 2019
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9780062199102
Publisher: Harper
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The author of the New York Times bestsellers The Forgotten Man and Coolidge offers a provocative and conversation-changing look at President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society and how its failures reverberate to this day. In Great Society, Amity Shlaes argues that just as Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal overshadowed a generation of forgotten men, Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society gave rise to a silent majority, a coterie of dispossessed citizens—made famous by Richard Nixon and celebrated by Donald Trump—who rejected what they saw as the federal government's overreach. Drawing on her classic economic expertise and deep historical knowledge, Shlaes challenges the traditional narrative of 1960s America and Johnson's experiment, recasting the story of the Great Society as a tale of hubris that remains consequential for America fifty years later. Contemporary Americans share many of the concerns that bedeviled Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and their voters. Racial differences, economic opportunity and outcomes, abuse of political power, and establishment corruption trouble us now just as these issues preoccupied the nation then. Yet today, poverty remains intractable and is actually growing, and the costs of programs such as Medicare and Medicaid are spiraling as the number of people claiming benefits grows. The question the Great Society tried to answer remains the same: how can we build a better future for all Americans? Shlaes contends that only an understanding of the historical record can make optimism—and practical solutions—possible. A deep analysis of the government policy that has shaped politics and society for fifty years, Great Society is an authoritative and well-reasoned reinterpretation of Johnson's signature achievement and the momentous period in which it was conceived.

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Author(s): Amity Shlaes
Original Publish Date: Apr 23, 2019

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Author(s): Amity Shlaes
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Product Number DD40495
Released: Nov 06, 2018
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Publisher: Harper Audio
ISBN: #9780062850850
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Author(s): Amity Shlaes
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Released: Apr 23, 2019
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ISBN: #9780062848130

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