A Long Cold War: A Chronology of American Life and Culture 1945 to 1991

A Long Cold War: A Chronology of American Life and Culture 1945 to 1991

A Long Cold War: A Chronology of American Life and Culture 1945 to 1991

A Long Cold War: A Chronology of American Life and Culture 1945 to 1991

Synopsis

A Long Cold War is a cultural history of Cold War America from 1945 to 1991. This is the story of America at her peak as a world power, with the fear of nuclear war and the hyper competition with the USSR and China - a good read for the historical, nostalgic or even casual reader. It shows the impact of the Cold War on the American culture, psyche and politics. Written in an almanac or journal form, it gives the reader a complete sense of what it would have been like to live in those years by reading the daily headlines as they happened, with summaries of the average salaries and prices. Each year also has summaries of what Americans were watching, listening to and reading in film, television, music and literature. The two volumes can be read in their entirety in sequence or by each individual year to get a sense of what life was like at a specific point in history.

Excerpt

This is a cultural history of the Cold War from 1945-1991, written in an almanac or journal form. It is a reference to give the reader a complete sense of what it would have been like to live in these times as they happened. These were the headlines of the day, the fads, the weather and a few sporting events. Most entries are important in shaping American culture, however some entries are about forgotten fads or facts that seemed important at the time but that have faded in importance now. This book can be used as a historical reference, timeline or as a good read for the nostalgic or casual reader. It can be read in its entirety, in sequence or in parts, or year by year to get a sense of the specific times.

Significant events (sometimes two or three per date) are recorded in mostly one or two sentences, as you may have read the headlines at the time. Some major events are expanded to a paragraph or a page to give the reader a sense of their complexity, impact and their importance. the entries include scientific, political, cultural, military, sports, inventions, fads, major calamities and weather events. Some dates have no entries because the author determined that no significant events or interesting trivia took place. the events included are purely the judgment of the author. At the end of each year there is an economic summary of consumer prices and incomes for that year and there are also summaries of the movies, radio/television, music and literature.

This is the story of America at her peak, competing with the ussr and China while enjoying a casual and affluent lifestyle that looked like an attractive model to many people around the world. This book gives a detailed look daily American life during those times.

“When I said that American fighter-bombers had shot up my tanks
with 40mm shells, the Reichsmarschall, who felt himself touched by this,
said: ‘That’s completely impossible. the Americans only know how to make

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