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Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush vs. Gore (Oxford History of the United States, vol. 11)
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    In Restless Giant, acclaimed historical author James Patterson provides a crisp, concise assessment of the twenty-seven
    years between the resignation of Richard Nixon and the election of George W. Bush in a sweeping narrative that
    seamlessly weaves together social, cultural, political, economic, and international developments. We meet the era's many
    memorable figures and explore the "culture wars" between liberals and conservatives that appeared to split the country
    in two.

    Patterson describes how America began facing bewildering developments in places such as Panama, Somalia, Bosnia, and
    Iraq, and discovered that it was far from easy to direct the outcome of global events, and at times even harder for
    political parties to reach a consensus over what attempts should be made. At the same time, domestic issues such as the
    persistence of racial tensions, high divorce rates, alarm over crime, and urban decay led many in the media to portray
    the era as one of decline. Patterson offers a more positive perspective, arguing that, despite our often unmet
    expectations, we were in many ways better off than we thought. By 2000, most Americans lived more comfortably than they
    had in the 1970s, and though bigotry and discrimination were far from extinct, a powerful rights consciousness insured
    that these were less pervasive in American life than at any time in the past.

    With insightful analyses and engaging prose, Restless Giant captures this period of American history in a way that no
    other book has, illuminating the road that the United States traveled from the dismal days of the mid-1970s through the
    hotly contested election of 2000.

    The Oxford History of the United States
    The Oxford History of the United States is the most respected multi-volume history of our nation. The series includes
    three Pulitzer Prize winners, a New York Times bestseller, and winners of the Bancroft and Parkman Prizes. The Atlantic
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    general editorship of C. Vann Woodward and Richard Hofstadter, and now under the editorship of David M. Kennedy, this
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