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  • Stayin' Alive by Jefferson Cowie
    Stayin' Alive (English, Paperback) Jefferson Cowie

    A wide-ranging cultural and political history that will forever redefine a misunderstood decade, Stayin' Alive is prize-winning historian Jefferson Cowie's remarkable account of how working-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s. In this edgy and incisive book?part political intrigue, part labor history, with large doses of American music, film and television lore?Cowie, with ?an ear for the power and poetry of vernacular speech? (Cleveland Plain Dealer), reveals America's fascinating path from rising incomes and optimism of the New Deal to the widening economic inequalities and dampened expectations of the present. Winner of the 2011 Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians for the Best Book on American History Winner of the 2011 Merle Curti Prize from the Organization of American Historians for the Best Book in American Social History Winner of the 2011 Labor History Best Book Prize Winner of the 2011 Best Book Award from the United Association for Labor Education

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  • The Great Exception by Jefferson Cowie
    The Great Exception (English, Hardback) Jefferson Cowie

    Where does the New Deal fit in the big picture of American history? What does it mean for us today? What happened to the economic equality it once engendered? In The Great Exception, Jefferson Cowie provides new answers to these important questions. In the period between the Great Depression and the 1970s, he argues, the United States government achieved a unique level of equality, using its...

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  • Stayin' Alive by Jefferson Cowie
    Stayin' Alive (English, Hardback) Jefferson Cowie

    An epic account of how middle-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s, this wide-ranging cultural and political history rewrites the 1970s as the crucial, pivotal era of our time. Jefferson Cowie's edgy and incisive book?part political intrigue, part labor history, with large doses of American musical, film, and TV lore?makes new sense of the 1970s as a crucial and poorly understood transition from New Deal America (with its large, optimistic middle class) to the widening economic inequalities, poverty, and dampened expectations of the 1980s and into the present. Stayin' Alive takes us from the factory floors of Ohio, Pittsburgh, and Detroit, to the Washington of Nixon, Ford, and Carter. Cowie also connects politics to culture, showing how the big screen and the jukebox can help us understand how America turned away from the radicalism of the 1960s and toward the patriotic promise of Ronald Reagan. Cowie makes unexpected connections between the secrets of the Nixon White House and the failings of George McGovern campaign; radicalism and the blue-collar backlash; the earthy twang of Merle Haggard's country music and the falsetto highs of Saturday Night Fever. Like Jeff Perlstein's acclaimed Nixonland, Stayin' Alive moves beyond conventional understandings of the period and brilliantly plumbs it for insights into our current way of life.

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