By Joshua B. Freeman
A compelling examine the events and advancements that propelled the USA to international dominance
In this landmark paintings, acclaimed historian Joshua Freeman has created an epic portrait of a state either galvanized through switch and pushed through clash. starting in 1945, the industrial juggernaut woke up by way of global battle II reworked a rustic as soon as outlined through its local personality right into a uniform and cohesive strength and set the degree for the United States’ upward thrust to international dominance. in the meantime, Freeman locates the profound tragedy that has formed the trail of yank civic existence, unfolding how the civil rights and hard work activities labored for many years to amplify the rights of thousands of usa citizens, in simple terms to observe strength eventually slip from person electorate to non-public enterprises. relocating via McCarthyism and Vietnam, from the nice Society to Morning in the US, Joshua Freeman’s sweeping tale of a nation’s upward thrust unearths forces at play that might proceed to impact the longer term position of yank impression and may within the higher international.
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I went bowling for the first time, feeling like a local in my rented two-tone shoes and sucking on my giant fizzy soda. I ate hamburgers and hot dogs and french fries. I went to a McDonald's for the first time, this was of course before Micky D's march to global domination. It was certainly before there was one in Glasgow. My dad took me to New York City. that was love at first sight. I loved it then and I love it still. Even now, overloaded with sanitized bullshit Trump glass towers and condo-yuppie pseudoculture, it is still a complete mindfuck.
And it seemed a lot more attractive to me than home. Karen and Leslie took me to their junior high school for a day, where one of their teachers put on a peculiar version of show-and-tell in my honor. To my crimson-faced, buttocks-clenching embarrassment, I was the showand-tell. I will forever remember the teacher as a merry buffoon named Glenn. It almost certainly was not his name, although in all other aspects he was most assuredly a Glenn, jocky and stupid. He brought me out to the front of the class and told all the kids that I was from "Scotchland," where golf had been invented.
My first ride in a station wagon. Wood-effect panels, leather seats, automatic transmission-an upholstered land-boat a child could drive. I loved the term itself: station wagon. It sounded so American, like the Wild West, as if it had something to do with the railroads and avoiding hostile Indians. Thankfully we made the voyage across the borough of Queens unmolested by the local tribesmen. James and Susan's family was almost exactly like my own. Of their four kids, Stephen and Lesley were about the same age as my older brother and sister, Karen was a few months older than me, and young James (Jamie) was born a year before my wee sister, Lynn.