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Jan 30, 1996
| ISBN 9780679753148
Sep 21, 2011
| ISBN 9780307807106
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Jan 30, 1996 | ISBN 9780679753148
Sep 21, 2011 | ISBN 9780307807106
At a time when liberalism is in disarray, this vastly illuminating book locates the origins of its crisis. Those origins, says Alan Brinkley, are paradoxically situated during the second term of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whose New Deal had made liberalism a fixture of American politics and society. The End of Reform shows how the liberalism of the early New Deal—which set out to repair and, if necessary, restructure America’s economy—gave way to its contemporary counterpart, which is less hostile to corporate capitalism and more solicitous of individual rights. Clearly and dramatically, Brinkley identifies the personalities and events responsible for this transformation while pointing to the broader trends in American society that made the politics of reform increasingly popular. It is both a major reinterpretation of the New Deal and a crucial map of the road to today’s political landscape.
Alan Brinkley is the Allan Nevins Professor of American History at Columbia University. His books include The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century, Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression, which won the National Book Award for… More about Alan Brinkley
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