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Preface, 1988
The Pitfalls of Positive Thinking
AFTERWORD
Scanning The American Past, 1600-1900
Advertisements, TV, and The Good Life at Mid-20th
Heeeeeerre’s America: The Showbiz Culture
Capitalism, Socialism, and The American Love of Money
America’s Cheerful View of War
The Fate of Egalitarianism
CYCLES, SPIRALS, AND FORWARD MOVEMENTS
BLACKS
WOMEN AND SEX
Toward The Future with Shakespeare
Toward The Future with Molecular Biology: A Coda
The Psychological Revolution101
New College: 1968-1973103
America The Ignorant105
America The Rightwing
America The Resilient?
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Magical Thinking and The Decline of America

Magical Thinking and The Decline of America

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In Magical Thinking and the Decline of America, Richard L. Rapson, a leading cultural historian, engages in a unique dialogue. Twenty years ago he wrote American Yearnings: Love, Money, and Endless Possibility. This book looked at large issues of the day from a historical perspective: show business, warlike behavior, love of money, science and religion, marital and sexual behavior, foreign policy, and more. He found everywhere in American life an exaggerated optimism that often led to serious miscalculations, both in public policy and private lives. Now he re-engages that work to see how his original arguments have fared. Have the tumultuous last two decades re-enforced or weakened his analysis? Though this book is a conversation, 20 years apart, between the author and his earlier self, the reader will find it easy, stimulating, and provocative to join in.
In Magical Thinking and the Decline of America, Richard L. Rapson, a leading cultural historian, engages in a unique dialogue. Twenty years ago he wrote American Yearnings: Love, Money, and Endless Possibility. This book looked at large issues of the day from a historical perspective: show business, warlike behavior, love of money, science and religion, marital and sexual behavior, foreign policy, and more. He found everywhere in American life an exaggerated optimism that often led to serious miscalculations, both in public policy and private lives. Now he re-engages that work to see how his original arguments have fared. Have the tumultuous last two decades re-enforced or weakened his analysis? Though this book is a conversation, 20 years apart, between the author and his earlier self, the reader will find it easy, stimulating, and provocative to join in.

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