The crosswinds of freedom /

Beginning with Franklin Roosevelt's taking office in March of 1933, the author chronicles the most extraordinary period in American history--a time of depression, war, social and cultural upheaval, and incredible economic prosperity.He offers shrewd portraits of the nine presidents who seved ov...

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Main Author: Burns, James MacGregor.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1989.
Edition:1st trade ed.
Series:Burns, James MacGregor. American experiment (Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.) ; v. 3.
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Main Author:Burns, James MacGregor.
Summary:Beginning with Franklin Roosevelt's taking office in March of 1933, the author chronicles the most extraordinary period in American history--a time of depression, war, social and cultural upheaval, and incredible economic prosperity.He offers shrewd portraits of the nine presidents who seved over the 56 years.
The final volume of Burns's classic history of the American Experiment, from the election of FDR to the final days of the Cold War "Crosswinds of Freedom" is an articulate and incisive examination of the United States during its rise to become the world's sole superpower. Here is a young democracy transformed by the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Cold War, the rapid pace of technological change, and the distinct visions of nine presidents. Spanning fifty-six years and touching on many corners of the nation's complex cultural tapestry, Burns's work is a remarkable look at the forces that gave rise to the "American Century."
Physical Description:xi, 864 pages ; 25 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 687-819) and index.
ISBN:0394512766
9780394512761
Author Notes:

James MacGregor Burns was born in Melrose, Massachusetts on August 3, 1918. After graduating from Williams College, he went to Washington and worked as a congressional aide. During World War II, he served as an Army combat historian in the Pacific and received a Bronze Star. He received a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He did postdoctoral work at the London School of Economics. He taught at Williams College.

His first book, Congress on Trial: The Legislative Process and the Administrative State, was published in 1949. After his second book, Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox, he ran for Congress in 1958 and lost. During the campaign he became acquainted with John F. Kennedy and received unrestricted access to Kennedy, his staff and his records. This resulted in the book John Kennedy: A Political Profile. His other works included The Deadlock of Democracy, The Power to Lead: The Crisis of the American Presidency, and Fire and Light: How the Enlightenment Transformed Our World. Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom won the Pulitzer Prize, the Parkman Prize, and the National Book Award. The first volume of The American Experiment also received a Pulitzer Prize. He died on July 15, 2014 at the age of 95.

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