• Grand Expectations

  • The United States 1945-1974
  • By: James T. Patterson
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 31 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-01-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (6 ratings)

Summary

Grand Expectations weaves the major political, cultural, and economic events of the period into a superb portrait of America from 1945 through Watergate.
Read with warmth by Robert Fass, who previously narrated Oxford’s Empire of Liberty by Gordon S. Wood, this history portrays the amazing growth after World War II rallied an upbeat mood and grander and grander expectations as the era progressed.
As one of four new volumes offered by Audible, Grand Expectations brings to audio one part of an elegant American history that was conceived of and originally edited by C. Vann Woodward and Richard Hofstadter more than 50 years ago.
Please note: The individual volumes of the series have not been published in historical order. Grand Expectations is number X in The Oxford History of the United States.
©1996 James T. Patterson (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By darren on 11-07-15

OK

Any additional comments?

This audio book was interesting - if a little dull at times - but lacking real insight.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lord Peridot on 24-02-14

Excellent history

This is excellent, serious history and superbly well read. There is lots to take in here so its hard to always maintain complete concentration. Highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Thomas on 14-08-11

fast moving history

I really enjoyed this book. The first few hours sort of drag, but maybe this is becuase i had just finished the previous book in the series, Freedom from Fear, and this was somewhat repetitive. But after that, I thought this book was really enjoyable.
First, the narration is outstanding, well paced, and well read.
There are sections that are truly outstanding. Rather then delve into tons of details and give day by day, or week by week accounts of certain time periods in history, the authors given an overview. For instance, he lays out the 4 key components to johnson's liberal agenda early in his second term, and then goes on to analyze this from a longer term perspective. Now one could argue that he does a fair bit of "interpretation", and there is a fair bit of opinion in some of these sections, but i found them pretty balanced, and he offers both positives and negatives to most historical questions, including whose fault was the cold war, the effectiveness of eisenhower, and johnson's role in both domestic and civil rights issues, as well as the war.
There are a few sections which are a little weak, where the authors gives rather dull lists of statistics to support his point, and there are a few topics which seem alittle bit over stressed where i had a little trouble paying attention, but overall a very very good read and rapid moving assessment of the period and definitely worth it. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By D. DOMINGUE on 16-01-15

The More Things Change...

...the more they stay the same. Mr. Patterson did a great job of showing me a wide variety of people and events and perspectives of both to know more about history. I'm a history teacher and I love when I can find a history book to expand my knowledge and give me a new view of the story. Mr. Patterson did both. This isn't the first Oxford history book that I've read (or had read to me thanks to Audible). I can now say that I'm quite addicted. I've now purchased every eBook and audio book in the series!

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