New Book Examines the Rise of the U.S. as a Global Power: 1945-2000 Society

December 17, 2012 | Queens College

In American Empire 1945-2000: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home, an epic topic gets epic treatment. Drawing on sources as varied as the Statistical Abstract of the United States—an annual volume published by the U.S. Census Bureau until 2011—and major newspapers in Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C., Queens College History Professor JOSHUA FREEMAN  presents a comprehensive survey that weaves together military growth, economic development, social change, and international relationships. “Freeman’s got a point of view that gives verve to his narrative,” says Mike Wallace, Pulitzer Prize-winning coauthor of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898. “Well-written, consistently engaging, and studded with individual stories, it’s ideal for general readers as well as students.”

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