American Empire

The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home, 1945-2000

by Joshua Freeman, Eric Foner

Series: The Penguin History of the United States

A compelling look at the movements and developments that propelled America to world dominance

In this landmark work, acclaimed historian Joshua Freeman has created an epic portrait of a nation both galvanized by change and driven by conflict. Beginning in 1945, the economic juggernaut awakened by World War II transformed a country once defined by its regional character into a uniform and cohesive power and set the stage for the United States’ rise to global dominance. Meanwhile, Freeman locates the profound tragedy that has shaped the path of American civic life, unfolding how the civil rights and labor movements worked for decades to enlarge the rights of millions of Americans, only to watch power ultimately slip from individual citizens to private corporations. Moving through McCarthyism and Vietnam, from the Great Society to Morning in America, Joshua Freeman’s sweeping story of a nation’s rise reveals forces at play that will continue to affect the future role of American influence and might in the greater world.

In The Press

"Ambitious and imaginative"  -- Kirkus Reviews

"A supremely intelligent narrative." -- Michael Kazin

"Compellingly readable and often passionate." - The Nation

"The best grand synthesis of postwar U.S. history we have." -- Mike Wallce, Pulitzer-Prize winning coauthor of Gotham

About The Author

Joshua B. Freeman is a professor of history at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. He is the author most recently of Working-Class New York. He lives in New York City.