Error title
Some error text about your books and stuff.
Close

Why the American Century?

by Olivier Zunz

  • ISBN: 9780226994611
  • ISBN10: 0226994619

Why the American Century?

by Olivier Zunz

  • List Price: $34.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 11/01/1998
  • ISBN: 9780226994611
  • ISBN10: 0226994619
used Add to Cart $1.03
You save: 97%
Marketplace Item
new Add to Cart $12.21
You save: 64%
Marketplace Item
Description: Ever since Henry Luce, the publisher of Time and Life, proclaimed in 1941 that the twentieth century is the "American Century", we have been trying to understand our role in it.

In a bold reinterpretation of our country's rise to world power, Olivier Zunz shows how Americans appropriated the twentieth century; America's ascension was not the result of Europe's self-destruction. By the Second World War, Zunz argues, American policymakers, corporate managers, engineers, and social scientists were managing the country from within a powerful matrix of institutions devoted to fostering new knowledge. These men and women promoted a new social contract of abundance which was capable, in theory, of deradicalizing class, and their efforts helped create an American middle class defined by consumer behavior. In the name of democracy, they promoted a controversial ideology that stressed the value of respecting differences among people. The result was a culture that allowed Americans to intervene on the world scene with the justification that they were right in doing so.

Zunz explores the struggles of these American elites as they tried to maintain a democratic, modern mass society. While acknowledging the successes of their plans, he also reveals the limits of a system ultimately benefiting an abstract "average" consumer. Zunz goes on to show how their principles were tested on postwar Japan while Americans debated the respective merits of modernization and individualism.

An impressive work by a superior historian, this book restores our appreciation of the forces that produced a unique period in American history and, at the same time, exposes the internal contradictions that would ultimatelyundermine Americans' belief in their own ideology.

Expand description
Seller Condition Comments Price  
Seller: BookHolders
Location: College Park, MD Ask seller a question
Condition: Very Good
[ No Hassle 30 Day Returns ][ Ships Daily ] [ Underlining/Highlighting: SOME ] [ Writing: SOME ] [ Edition: first ]
Price:
$1.03
Comments:
[ No Hassle 30 Day Returns ][ Ships Daily ] [ Underlining/Highlighting: SOME ] [ Writing: SOME ] [ Edition: first ]
Seller: Better World Books West
Location: Mishawaka, IN
Condition: Good
Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may
[...]
Price:
$1.11
Comments:
Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may
[...]
Seller: AwesomeBooksUSA
Location: Valley Cottage, NY
Condition: Very Good
This book is in very good condition. The cover may have some limited signs of
[...]
Price:
$1.78
Comments:
This book is in very good condition. The cover may have some limited signs of
[...]
Seller: Powell's Books Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL
Condition: Very Good
1998. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.
Price:
$3.37
Comments:
1998. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.
Seller: Midtown Scholar Bookstore
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Condition: Very Good
0226994619 unmarked, light shelfwear-NICE.
Price:
$5.60
Comments:
0226994619 unmarked, light shelfwear-NICE.
Seller: Priceless Books
Location: Urbana, IL
Condition: Good
Shipping Icon
254pp. Index, Notes. Underlining interior, light wear, DJ: rubbing, wear extremities.
Price:
$10.12
Comments:
254pp. Index, Notes. Underlining interior, light wear, DJ: rubbing, wear extremities.
Seller: Ergodebooks
Location: Richmond, TX Ask seller a question
Condition: New
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.
Price:
$12.21
Comments:
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.
Seller: Daedalus Books
Location: Portland, OR
Condition: Very Good
Shipping Icon
0226994619. Near fine.; 8vo.
Price:
$12.93
Comments:
0226994619. Near fine.; 8vo.
Seller: Ergodebooks
Location: Richmond, TX Ask seller a question
Condition: Good
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.
Price:
$13.45
Comments:
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.Ships Fast. 24*7 Customer Service.
Seller: One Stop Shop Bookstore
Location: Memphis, TN
Condition: Good
Shipping Icon
Price:
$21.93
Comments:
Seller: edconroybooks.com
Location: Troy, NY
Condition: Like New
Shipping Icon
U of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, 1998. 1st Edition, 1st Printing, Fine/Fine,
[...]
Price:
$25.31
Comments:
U of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, 1998. 1st Edition, 1st Printing, Fine/Fine,
[...]
Seller: indoo.com
Location: Avenel, NJ
Condition: New
0226994619.
Price:
$40.90
Comments:
0226994619.
Seller: C9 Media
Location: Wellington, FL
Condition: New
0226994619 New Condition.
Price:
$53.42
Comments:
0226994619 New Condition.
please wait
Please Wait

Notify Me When Available

Enter your email address below,
and we'll contact you when your school adds course materials for
.
Enter your email address below, and we'll contact you when is back in stock (ISBN: ).