Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush V. Gore (2020)

Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush V. Gore James T. Patterson Restless Giant The United States from Watergate to Bush V Gore In Restless Giant acclaimed historical author James Patterson provides a crisp concise assessment of the twenty seven years between the resignation of Richard Nixon and the election of George W Bush
  • Title: Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush V. Gore
  • Author: James T. Patterson
  • ISBN: 9780195122169
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Hardcover
Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush V. Gore James T. Patterson In Restless Giant, acclaimed historical author James Patterson provides a crisp, concise assessment of the twenty seven years between the resignation of Richard Nixon and the election of George W Bush in a sweeping narrative that seamlessly weaves together social, cultural, political, economic, and international developments We meet the era s many memorable figures and eIn Restless Giant, acclaimed historical author James Patterson provides a crisp, concise assessment of the twenty seven years between the resignation of Richard Nixon and the election of George W Bush in a sweeping narrative that seamlessly weaves together social, cultural, political, economic, and international developments We meet the era s many memorable figures and explore the culture wars between liberals and conservatives that appeared to split the country in two.Patterson describes how America began facing bewildering developments in places such as Panama, Somalia, Bosnia, and Iraq, and discovered that it was far from easy to direct the outcome of global events, and at times even harder for political parties to reach a consensus over what attempts should be made At the same time, domestic issues such as the persistence of racial tensions, high divorce rates, alarm over crime, and urban decay led many in the media to portray the era as one of decline Patterson offers a positive perspective, arguing that, despite our often unmet expectations, we were in many ways better off than we thought By 2000, most Americans lived comfortably than they had in the 1970s, and though bigotry and discrimination were far from extinct, a powerful rights consciousness insured that these were less pervasive in American life than at any time in the past.With insightful analyses and engaging prose, Restless Giant captures this period of American history in a way that no other book has, illuminating the road that the United States traveled from the dismal days of the mid 1970s through the hotly contested election of 2000.The Oxford History of the United States The Oxford History of the United States is the most respected multi volume history of our nation The series includes three Pulitzer Prize winners, a New York Times bestseller, and winners of the Bancroft and Parkman Prizes The Atlantic Monthly has praised it as the most distinguished series in American historical scholarship, a series that synthesizes a generation s worth of historical inquiry and knowledge into one literally state of the art book Conceived under the general editorship of C Vann Woodward and Richard Hofstadter, and now under the editorship of David M Kennedy, this renowned series blends social, political, economic, cultural, diplomatic, and military history into coherent and vividly written narrative.
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  1. Jeremy Perron

    My final stop on my march through the ages is James T Patterson s Restless Giant This volume has a very different feel from both Patterson s previous book Grand Expectations The United States, 1945 1974 Oxford History of the United States and from the Oxford series in general This book is upbeat than the previous this could be due to the material Grand Expectations leaves you a little emotionally down in a reflection of the disappointment of the time period In contrast, Restless Giant is writte [...]

  2. Duncan

    Okay, so it s not an edge of your seat thrillfest.But if you re interested in how your world got so screwed up, Patterson has some answers.From post interation bussing in the 70s through Carter s good ol boy cabinet, Reagan s public spending excesses, Bush s attempts to get the economy back on the rails, through the pop culture and electronic boom of Clinton s 90s, Patterson plots social, political and economic maps that show us how we got to where we are.Since I wasn t born or raised in the US, [...]

  3. Jim

    Worthy history but a long haul and frequently rather dull I enjoyed the portraits of the presidents from Nixon to Bush junior but in between were seemingly endless reams of statistics and data that I found a little heavy going.

  4. Rodolphe

    A good summary of the last 30 or so years of US history It expains cogently the back story of our current political, social, and cultural problems.

  5. Lauren Hiebner

    Not the greatest, not in depth, and a somewhat conservative analysis of the times Too soon to truly be considered history.

  6. Justin Evans

    A perfectly readable summary of political and cultural happenings between, as the subtitle puts it, the end of Nixon to the start of Bush II Readable, but deeply unsatisfying, since Patterson is unwilling to actually exercise any judgement this is a chronicle, not history There s no causation here and no suggestion that people may have done good or bad things, just events and events The general tenor is So and so said that this happened But thus and thus said that that happened Moving right alo [...]

  7. Christopher

    From the Oxford History of the United States, Patterson presents a balanced and straightforward history of the U.S from the resignation of Nixon to the contentious SCOTUS decision of Bush v Gore A central theme is the increase in various rights movements throughout the country by various political and sometimes ethnic minorities These movements generated an ever increasing sense of entitlement among these groups and when those entitlements were not met, an increasing sense that life wasn t very [...]

  8. Simone

    Patterson struck again with this great summary of US history since 1974 The title is deceiving because he does not deal with Watergate at all Still, the book summarizes the cultural, economic, political, and social developments in the late 20th century My students really enjoyed it.

  9. Tom Rowe

    I felt like I already lived through all of this before It felt like a recap of the headlines throughout my life I think it may still be too soon to look at this time from a historical perspective.

  10. Nick Harriss

    Following on from the high standards of the other Oxford History of America series I have listened to, this was not quite as interesting to me While covering 1973 2000, compared with 1945 1973 and 1929 1945, not dissimilar timescales, it went into much less detail it is just over half the length of the previous two volumes , albeit that the period covered meant much was within my living memory It is still an excellent book, just not as good as its predecessors.

  11. Brian

    Patterson s Grand Expectations is duly noted, but I think time has been moving quicker and Restless Giant, though obviously too close to the period to really see as much as will someday be seen, is still an immensely valuable book When I was growing up, history really ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union with perhaps some attention to Terrorism and so forth We needed to talk about the history of the country It seems that basically, the same annoying thing that happened in the fifties and [...]

  12. Brian

    James Wilson, a thoughtful social scientist, observed in 1995 Today most of us have not merely the hope but enjoy the reality of a degree of comfort, freedom, and peace unparalleled in human history And we can t stop complaining about it pg 364The second book of James T Patterson in the Oxford History series which takes up from Watergate through Bush v Gore but wraps things up shortly after Bush is in Office, not speaking of 9 11 in any serious way that informs you of the particulars He does exp [...]

  13. John Wetterholt

    Prof Patterson extends the Oxford History of the United States series with this spiritedly written follow up to his magisterial Grand Expectations This subsequent volume traces the quarter century following Watergate and concludes with a vivid recounting of the tumultuous presidential election of 2000.Several areas which I felt were under served in Grand Expectations received extensive discussion in Restless Giant Among these were popular culture, gay rights, and the interplay of competing fore [...]

  14. Joseph Stieb

    First Oxford history of the US that I ve completely finished, and I enjoyed it well enough Patterson is a clear writer who organizes the book well His major theme is that decline narratives about the US in this time period have been persistent, but are mostly inaccurate He notes that Americans were generally tolerant, educated, and well off by 2001 than they were in 1974 The prosperity trend is particularly significant, as Patterson notes that the US became the most powerful and wealthy nation [...]

  15. David

    This was my first experience with The Oxford History of the United States series Originally, I was going to read these volumes in chronological order, but library availability made it feasible to start with the most recent events chronicled, from 1974 to 2000 If there was anything I learned, it was this This series is well researched The cited footnotes are exhaustive and exhausting , really increasing the read time so that getting 40 pages of reading in really feels like work It took 2 weeks t [...]

  16. J.

    Good read Provides lots of great insights into the history of the US starting in the 70s through the electoral crisis of 2000 Provides really great insights into recent history Left me surprised about how much recent history I didn t recall especially including the electoral crisis in 2000 As an example I didn t recall that the Supreme Court case Bush v Gore decision hinged on the fourteenth amendment and the equal protection clause I found that laughable and hypocritical of a conservative court [...]

  17. Robert Dooner

    This book is the latest chronologically in the Oxford History of the United States Having read and learned much from Grand Expectations 1945 1974 by the same author, James T Patterson, I was very excited to read this book Covering the history of the United States across a 25 year period in a single volume under 500 pages is a daunting task But Patterson than meets the challenge He successfully records the political, social, and economic events and their impact on the American consciousness duri [...]

  18. Mark

    James Patterson s second contribution to the Oxford History of the United States after his Bancroft Award winning Grand Expectations The United States, 1945 1974 is by far the weakest volume of the series Part of it is the result of the problem posed by contemporary history, which lacks the perspective provided by distance from events and an ability to render an assessment based on knowing what were the long term consequences Patterson recognizes this difficulty, yet his response exacerbates the [...]

  19. Brian Hutzell

    Of the six volumes of The Oxford History of the United States which I have read, this and the previous volume, Grand Expectations, are my least favorite, largely because of author James T Patterson s obsession with numbers Long strings of numerical data occur too frequently in the main text, and disrupt the narrative flow Such statistics are a valuable supplement to the historical record, but would be meaningful and less intrusive if presented not as long paragraphs full of numbers, but as tabl [...]

  20. Dylan

    A well written but overly broad coverage of the last 25 years of America in the 20th century At first I thought that the length of this book half that of most others in the series was a relief but everything ended up seeming rushed and shallow Born in 1987, I learned only a fraction of this book by living it and so to those who were reading the politically and socially aware during this whole time the book must be horribly boring This book would, however, make an excellent textbook for a high sc [...]

  21. Brian

    Patterson delivers another smash hit in his book on the United States from Watergate to Bush v Gore This book is a less historiography study and of a statistical approach than other oxford books but it is nonetheless expertly presented The analysis is top quality and the sense of how the United States became restless especially during the 1990 s is apparent Patterson makes a good argument that we have to wait and see what effect 9 11 will have and whether or not it was the changing milestone If [...]

  22. Glen Pekin

    This is the first actual overview history of my own times that I have read as to opposed to a specific subject in current events They book skims a vast era Sadly the vast era becomes bogged down in sex and pop culture just like I remember it It is hard, from our comfort zone of easy living to realized the magnitude of event As seen from TV as I saw them, things like the Berlin Wall and the Balkans seemed like unreal pictures on a screen The flood of information deadens our perception Reading thi [...]

  23. Sheridan

    Great book from Patterson For those of my generation, this book paints a close picture of the political scape of our parents and I think is extremely valuable to read for the sake of understanding the previous generation to where our memory picks up and forms our own options Particularly loved the insights into the personalities of the presidents In the biographical essay in the back Patterson lays all the most influential books he read by subject i.e economics, politics, education, etc and is v [...]

  24. Carolyn

    Great book It was fascinating to learn about the time of my own childhood up until the Bush Gore elections He doesn t seem to take sides of either liberals or conservatives but gives them both their views of certain events He also just keeps you going through the 70 s up until 2000 without dragging you into boredom on any one certain episode of time Despite covering such a large time period, he does cover cultural, political, religious, and other movements well.

  25. Dan

    The narrative was often incomplete and misleading Cultural and political biases abound Compared to most other books in the Oxford History of the U.S the craft was weak It continued Patterson s practice from Great Expectations 1945 1973 of inelegantly presenting a jumble of cultural, political, demographical, legal and economic data Some of my problems with the book likely stem from it relating recent and as yet unsettled history.

  26. Don

    Another excellent book in the Oxford History of the United States series One of the shorter volumes in the series, it proved to be a quick and easy read Mr Patterson does a very good job of covering the major events from Watergate to Bush v Gore without going into excruciating detail As someone who grew up threw those years and events, it was very interesting reading an assessment of the cause and effect relationship across those 30 years Great read and a nice fit in the series.

  27. Rfinks

    Well worth the time spent reading An easy read for me because I experienced this period of history Felt like Patterson handled difficult polical subjects even handedly I was a little disappointed that 911 was included but as explained in the preface, 4 years wasn t enough time to evaluate effects this had on history.

  28. Matt

    This was the sequel to Patterson s Grand Expectations The point of view issues I had with his previous work were absent or greatly reduced in this book, but at half the size of Grand Expectations, so was a lot of the detailed analysis I enjoyed in his previous work This may be due to the fact that this is such recent history I very much enjoyed it.

  29. Quinn

    This was a relatively good book It provides a very detailed account of how messed up our history has been No, this book is not by the James Patterson you are thinking of Different one But I was very happy with this book.

  30. Ronnie

    I read the chapters covering Ford, Carter, and Reagan I had some strongly held opinions about those presidents, but not a lot of factual information to support them The book reads like a well written text book clear, concise and balanced.

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