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
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.
Related Information:Booknotes episode and transcript: Program air date: June 4, 1989.
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Table of Contents:
  • Part I. What kind of freedom? The crisis of leadership. The divided legacy
  • The "hundred days" of action
  • "Discipline and direction under leadership"?
  • The arc of conflict. Class war in America
  • "Lenin or Christ"
  • or a path between?
  • The politics of tumult
  • Appeal to the people
  • The crisis of majority rule. Court-packing: the switch in time
  • Congress-purging: the broken spell
  • Deadlock at the center
  • The fission of ideas
  • The people's art
  • Part II. Strategies of freedom. Freedom under siege. The zigzag road to war
  • The war of two worlds
  • The production of war
  • The Rainbow Coalition embattled
  • Cold War: the fearful giants. The death and life of Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • The long telegram
  • The spiral of fear
  • The price of suspicion
  • The imperium of freedom. The technology of freedom
  • The language of freedom
  • Dilemmas of freedom
  • The free and the unfree. The Boston Irish
  • The southern poor
  • The invisible Latins
  • The revolutionary Asians
  • Part III. Liberation struggles. Striding toward freedom. Onward, Christian soldiers
  • Marching as to war
  • We shall overcome
  • The world turned upside down. People of this generation
  • Rolling thunder
  • Into the quicksand
  • Songs of the sixties
  • Liberty, equality, sisterhood. Breaking through the silken curtain
  • The liberation of women
  • The personal is political
  • Part IV. The crosswinds of freedom. Prime time: Peking and Moscow. Finding China
  • Peace without peace
  • Foreign policy: the faltering experiments
  • Vice and Virtue. Watergate: a morality tale
  • Crime and punishment
  • Carter: the arc of morality
  • Gun and bible
  • The culture of the workshop. The dicing game of science
  • The rich and the poor
  • Crossways, land and sky
  • Part V. The rebirth of freedom? The kaleidoscope of thought. Habits of individualism
  • Kinesis: the southern Californians
  • Superspectatorship
  • The New Yorkers
  • The conservative mall
  • The decline of leadership. Republicans: waiting for Mr. Right
  • The structure of disarray
  • Realighment?: waiting for lefty
  • A rebirth of leadership?
  • Memories of the future: a personal epilogue.