More concise, livelier, and broader in coverage than other similar volumes, this popular overview of American life since 1945 offers a clearly-written, authoritative interpretive narrative that pays special attention to major trends in foreign policy, mass culture, social history, gender, politics, civil rights, economics, and political culture. Organized both chronologically and topically, it provides balanced insights into all topics. KEY TOPICS: " Integrates political, social, and cultural history -- demonstrating the ways in which different kinds of history blend together and provides a broad view of "politics." Explores social history -- and ethnicity and gender -- in depth. Incorporates new scholarship on the Cold War Era -- including discussions on recently declassified materials. Takes account of new scholarship on civil rights, gender relationships, the 1960s, cultural history. For anyone interested in American history since 1945.