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The Unfinished Journey: America Since World War II

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This popular and classic text chronicles America's roller-coaster journey through the decades since World War II. Considering both the paradoxes and the possibilities of postwar America, William H. Chafe portrays the significant cultural and political themes that have colored our country's past and present, including issues of race, class, gender, foreign policy, and econo ...more
Paperback, 612 pages
Published November 24th 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 1st 1902)
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Jeff Kelleher
Feb 01, 2013 Jeff Kelleher rated it did not like it
As awful as a history text could be.

Isaiah Berlin, a far more competent historian than Mr. William H. Chafe, maintained that the first duty of the historian is to rigorously say what happened. One would think that principle applied with special force to the author of a twelfth-grade history text, but Mr. Chafe seems never to have heard of such a concept.

This supposed textbook is not history at all, but a personal essay, subjective and slanted. Just the factual mistakes are astonishing. But worse
Myra Khan
This book was surprisingly interesting. It was a history textbook, so I didn't expect much from it, but it turned out to be an okay read. It was relatively easy to get through. My only complaint is that things that could've been said in a paragraph or two were stretched out for pages upon pages with the same concept being repeated several times. The end result is that if you slave through the chapters, you'll know everything by heart, but it's frustrating to have gone through 7 pages and realize ...more
Blaine Welgraven
Dec 22, 2014 Blaine Welgraven rated it it was ok
Chafe is a very engaging writer, but The Unfinished Journey's historically-questionable statements, selective topicality, and blatant progressivism are all hindrances to the work's purportedly honest attempts to accurately chronicle post-World War II America's domestic and foreign fronts. An uneven journey, to say the least.
Laura (The Shabby Rabbit)
This was a really cool book! I was pleasantly surprised since this is a text book for a class. I actually read the whole thing rather than just assigned portions
Aug 23, 2016 Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref
William Chafe situó a 1968 como un cambio de régimen en los Estados Unidos, desde la perspectiva de historiador social: “Cualquier historiador que utilice la palabra „vertiente‟ para describir un momento dado corre el riesgo de sobresimplificar la complejidad del proceso histórico. Sin embargo, si esta palabra se emplea para indicar un punto de inflexión que señala el fin de la dominación de una constelación de fuerzas y el comienzo de la dominación de otras, parece apropiado para describir lo q ...more
Leon M
Aug 31, 2011 Leon M rated it really liked it
The present is always a product of the past - and in a time where the present becomes increasingly complicated, the importance of understanding the past cannot be over-emphasized. "The Unfinished Journey" is a guide-book to America's past, presenting historical facts and opinions with wit and intelligent analysis. Beginning with the end of WWII and ending with Reagan's presidency, it examines social and cultural trends in the USA, focusing on the issues of race, gender and class, combining a liv ...more
Kim Sasso
Dec 28, 2013 Kim Sasso rated it it was amazing
An wonderfully 'readable' history text book. Thank you, Dr. Michele Gillespie for using this book in your classroom!
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Jan 17, 2013 Rauhl Lemus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really goood
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