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World War 2 History Reading Group

Post World War II American History Reading Group

Starting June 2017

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After the books above we will select the next books we read from the list below. Feel free to recommend a book from the list below the form or another book you have read.

Our Current Book and Chapter

Our Reading Schedule by Week and Chapter Title For The Current Book

  1. Introduction and Prologue

    Thought Questions
    - What are the main themes does the author introduce?
    - How does the author use the term "empire"?
    - In what ways was this a period of change? and a period of continuity?

    American Literature Supplemental Reading
    - Begin reading "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac
  2. Chapter 1: Power and Politics

    Thought Questions
    - What and How did Americans debate the proper role of government in a more global society?
    - What and How did Americans debate the place of individual rights in a more integrated and mobile society?

    (Keep these questions in mind as you read the remainder of the book)

    American Literature Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Continue reading "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac
  3. Chapter 2: Cold War

    Thought Questions
    - How and why did the United States change its orientation towards the world after the war?
    - In what ways did the United States use economic development to create stability at home and abroad?
    - What international and domestic conditions existed that limited the effectiveness of American led post war international reforms?

    Optional Supplemental Viewing
    - Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb

    Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Prologue: Architects of the American Century in The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made by Walter Isaacson

    American Literature Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Finish reading "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac
  4. Chapter 3: Stalemate in Washington

    Thought Questions
    - How did the Democratic Party coalition fracture after World War II?
    - Describe how the civil rights movement effected the immediate post war period

    Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Chapter 1 - World of their Own in The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made by Walter Isaacson

    American Literature Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Begin Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  5. Chapter 4: National Security State Nation

    Thought Questions
    - How did the Korean War effect the United States domestic and international policy?
    - How did the national security state and the early Cold War effect the cultural and social life of Americans?

    Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Chapter 2 - Tap Days in The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made by Walter Isaacson

    Primary Sources
    - National Security Act of 1947

    American Literature Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Continue Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  6. Chapter 5: We the Union Army

    Thought Questions
    - X

    Optional Supplemental Reading
    - X

    American Literature Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Continue Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  7. Chapter 6: Hour of Maximum Danger

    Thought Questions
    - X

    Optional Supplemental Reading
    - X

    American Literature Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Continue Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  8. Chapter 7: The Democratic Revolution

    Thought Questions
    - X

    Optional Supplemental Reading
    - X

    American Literature Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Finish Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  9. Chapter 8: Apocalypse Now

    Thought Questions
    - X

    Optional Supplemental Reading
    - X

    American Literature Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Begin Reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  10. Chapter 9: Sixties to Seventies, Dreams to Nightmares

    Thought Questions
    - X

    Optional Supplemental Reading
    - X

    American Literature Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Continue Reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  11. Chapter 10: The Landscape of Decline

    Thought Questions
    - X

    Optional Supplemental Reading
    - X

    American Literature Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Finish Reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  12. Chapter 11: The Politics of Stagnation

    Thought Questions
    - X

    Optional Supplemental Reading
    - X

    American Literature Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Begin Reading The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  13. Chapter 12: The Corporate Revolution

    Thought Questions
    - X

    Optional Supplemental Reading
    - X

    American Literature Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Continue Reading Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  14. Chapter 13: The Reagan Revolution

    Thought Questions
    - X

    Optional Supplemental Reading
    - X

    American Literature Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Continue Reading Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  15. Chapter 14: Cold War Redux

    Thought Questions
    - X

    Optional Supplemental Reading
    - X

    American Literature Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Continue Reading Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  16. Chapter 15: I’m Running Out of Demons

    Thought Questions
    - X

    Optional Supplemental Reading
    - X

    American Literature Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Continue Reading Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  17. Chapter 16: Triangulation

    Thought Questions
    - X

    Optional Supplemental Reading
    - X

    American Literature Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Continue Reading Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  18. Chapter 17: Living Large Epilogue: America After 9/11

    Thought Questions
    - X

    Optional Supplemental Reading
    - X

    American Literature Optional Supplemental Reading
    - Finish Reading Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Here is our current reading list and the books that are proposed:

  1. American Empire: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home, 1945-2000 by Joshua Freeman and Eric Foner
  2. The Fifties by David Halberstam
  3. The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage by Todd Gitlin
  4. The Seventies: The Great Shift In American Culture, Society, And Politics by Bruce J. Schulman
  5. The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America, 1932-1972 by William Manchester
  6. Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974 by James T. Patterson
  7. Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore by James T. Patterson
  8. America in the King Years (Three Volumes) by Taylor Branch
  9. The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
  10. From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement by Matthew Garcia

Welcome and thank you for your interest.

After the first books listed above we will select the next books we read from the list below. Provide us feedback and suggestions for our next book by clicking here.

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