Altered States: America Since the Sixties (Reaktion Books - by Jeremy Black

By Jeremy Black

Pink states as opposed to blue states. Metro as opposed to unfashionable. North or South, East or West. Pundits, politicians, and social scientists like to carve out different types in an try and make feel of political and social divisions that run throughout the American panorama. because the domestic of approximately three hundred million humans unfold over nearly 3.7 million sq. miles of earth, the us poses a huge problem to all who try and grapple with its wealthy and immensely complicated actual and social geography. Acclaimed British historian Jeremy Black tackles this problem via a literal and metaphorical highway journey throughout America’s actual and historic landscapes, studying the ways in which occasions in American historical past and tradition considering 1960 have remade the geography and demographics of America. Black works from the startling premise that the us is a continent pretending to be a rustic. He examines the cultural clashes—and the demanding harmony—between the various local cultures uneasily contained in the usa’ broad bounds. Suburban sprawl, the triumph of consumerism, the warfare over health and wellbeing care, immigration, and Christian evangelicalism all play an element in those pages, as Black unravels the tangled net of yank existence in past times forty-five years. He locates such tensions within the tug-of-war among the unitary and divisive pressures that experience consistently outlined the nature of yank executive, and within the alternating upward push and fall of individualism and conformity in American society as well.  Black additionally has a few telling new reflections on America’s function out of the country, from Nixon’s Vietnam to George W. Bush's Iraq.Drawing on travels from Virginia to California to Alaska, Black deftly finds in Altered States the less-examined elements of yank tradition as they're manifested in its varied peoples and landscapes from coast to coast. (20060301)

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