Known for its clear narrative voice, impeccable scholarship, and affordability, Alan Brinkley’s The Unfinished Nation offers a concise but comprehensive examination of American History. Balancing social and cultural history with traditional political and diplomatic themes, it tells the story of the diversity and complexity of the United States and the forces that have enabled it to survive and flourish despite division. This fifth edition features eight new essays and enhanced coverage of recent events and developments in the continuing American story.
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Alan Brinkley has been professor of American history at Columbia University in New York since 1991. He was educated at Princeton and Harvard, and he has taught previously at M.I.T., Harvard (where he received the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize), the City University of New York Graduate School, and Princeton. He was Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University in 1998-1999. His published works include Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression), which won the 1983 National Book Award; The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People; The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War; and Liberalism and Its Discontents. His essays articles, and reviews have appeared in the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, Time, Newsweek, the Times Literary Supplement, and the London Review of Books. He has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the National Humanities Center, the Russell Sage Foundation, and others. He is chairman of the board of trustees of the Century Foundation, a member of the editorial board The American Prospect, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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