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The Unraveling of America

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Allen J. Matusow is the W. G. Twyman Professor of History at Rice University.


A thorough, basic general history of the 1960s that includes clear descriptions of all political and social matters. . . . Allen Matusow has accomplished the impossible--he has made sense out of the often senseless '60s. --Lee Milazzo "Dallas Morning News " This may well be the definitive analysis of the political, economic, and social factors that came together with such explosive force in the 1960s. --Bill Youngblood "Forth Worth Star-Telegram " The best history of the decade we have to date. --Jonathan Yardley "Washington Post Book World " Deeply researched and clearly written, this work should figure as a standard study of a watershed movement in American public life for some time to come. --Library Journal Matusow offers a superb look at the people who propelled the liberal era. . . . The narration is enormously readable. --Susan Lee "Business Week " A work of considerable power, energetically expounded and engagingly written. Matusow is capable of capturing a man in one sentence and of sustaining a narrative over many pages. . . . And in tracing out the many threads that went into making the counterculture, he composes a chapter that is a tour de force. --William E. Leuchtenburg "Atlantic " With The Unraveling of America, Allen Matusow has produced what all historians--indeed, all authors--hope for and almost always fail to achieve: an enduring classic that can be read with equal profit a generation after its initial publication; a measured, sympathetic, and scholarly work in all the best senses of those words. --Eric Alterman "author of Why We're Liberals "

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