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Apocalypse Then: American Intellectuals and the Vietnam War, by Robert R. Tomes

By Robert R. Tomes

Prior to the Vietnam struggle, American highbrow existence rested conveniently on shared assumptions and sometimes universal beliefs. Intellectuals principally supported the social and fiscal reforms of the Thirties, the warfare opposed to Hitler's Germany, and U.S. behavior throughout the chilly conflict. via the early Nineteen Sixties, a liberal highbrow consensus existed.

The warfare in Southeast Asia shattered this fragile coalition, which quickly dissolved into a variety of camps, every one of which wondered American associations, values, and beliefs. Robert R. Tomes sheds new gentle at the death of chilly struggle liberalism and the advance of the hot Left, and the regular development of a conservatism that used Vietnam, and anti-war sentiment, as a rallying element. Importantly, Tomes offers new proof that neoconservatism retreated from internationalism due mostly to Vietnam, basically to regroup later with considerably decreased pursuits and expectations.

Covering enormous archival terrain, Apocalypse Then stands because the definitive account of the effect of the Vietnam struggle on American highbrow lifestyles.

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