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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

Paperback, 560 pages
Published February 23rd 1995 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 1st 1902)
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Jeff Kelleher
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
Leon M
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
Blaine Welgraven
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.
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
Kim Sasso
An wonderfully 'readable' history text book. Thank you, Dr. Michele Gillespie for using this book in your classroom!
Having read this during a History course at university i would highly recommend it. It both contributed to helping me pass the course and was an interesting read throughout.
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
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