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Armed with Expertise
The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War
Joy Rohde
During the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon launched a controversial counterinsurgency program called the Human Terrain System. The program embedded social scientists within military units to provide commanders with information about the cultures and grievances of local populations. Yet the controversy it inspired was...



Divided Highways
Building the Interstate Highways, Transforming American Life
Tom Lewis
An engaging history of the people and policies that profoundly transformed the American landscape—and the daily lives of Americans.



Edmund Burke in America
The Contested Career of the Father of Modern Conservatism
Drew Maciag
Drew Maciag traces Burke's reception and reputation in the United States, from the contest of ideas between Burke and Thomas Paine in the Revolutionary period, to the Progressive Era to his apotheosis within the modern conservative...



Radicals on the Road
Internationalism, Orientalism, and Feminism during the Vietnam Era
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu
Wu analyzes how interactions among people from the U.S. and several East and Southeast Asian nations inspired transnational identities and multiracial coalitions that challenged political commitments during the Vietnam War era.



Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks
The Vietnam Antiwar Movement as Myth and Memory
Penny Lewis
An engaging "counter-memory" of a diverse, cross-class opposition to the Vietnam War that included the labor movement, working-class students, soldiers and veterans, and Black Power, civil rights, and Chicano activists.



The Pathological Family
Postwar America and the Rise of Family Therapy
Deborah Weinstein
The Pathological Family examines how family therapy developed against the intellectual and cultural landscape of postwar America.



The Covert Sphere
Secrecy, Fiction, and the National Security State
Timothy Melley
Examining how since 1947 a regime of psychological operations and covert action has made the conflation of reality and fiction a central feature of both U.S. foreign policy and American culture.



Catholics in the American Century
Recasting Narratives of U.S. History
Refocusing the narrative of 20th-century America on the Catholic presence in the United States.



Hollywood's Last Golden Age
Politics, Society, and the Seventies Film in America
Jonathan Kirshner
From Chinatown to Night Moves, how key "seventies" films important works of art in continuous dialogue with the political, social, personal, and philosophical issues of their times.



The Worlds of Langston Hughes
Modernism and Translation in the Americas
Vera M. Kutzinski
Kutzinski shows that translating and being translated (and often mistranslated) are as vital to Hughes's own poetics as they are to understanding the historical network of cultural relations known as literary modernism.



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