By Robert R. Tomes
Prior to the Vietnam battle, American highbrow existence rested very easily on shared assumptions and sometimes universal beliefs. Intellectuals principally supported the social and financial reforms of the Thirties, the battle opposed to Hitler's Germany, and U.S. behavior throughout the chilly battle. via the early Sixties, a liberal highbrow consensus existed.
The struggle in Southeast Asia shattered this fragile coalition, which rapidly dissolved into quite a few camps, every one of which puzzled American associations, values, and beliefs. Robert R. Tomes sheds new gentle at the dying of chilly battle liberalism and the improvement of the recent Left, and the regular progress of a conservatism that used Vietnam, and anti-war sentiment, as a rallying aspect. Importantly, Tomes presents new proof that neoconservatism retreated from internationalism due principally to Vietnam, in simple terms to regroup later with considerably decreased objectives and expectations.
Covering enormous archival terrain, Apocalypse Then stands because the definitive account of the effect of the Vietnam warfare on American highbrow existence.
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