Top positive review
18 June 2014
This is a very readable and comprehensive history of the post Second World War period up to the resignation of Nixon. Its coverage of the Cold War, McCarthyism, segregation and the civil rights movement, as well as the legal cases that ended segregation is clear. Patterson has the rare ability to summarize and synthesize without making you feel cheated of the facts, so soundly and well-argued are his conclusions; also with some humour. Immensely knowledgeable and wide-ranging this book is an outstanding achievement of general history written in clear and enjoyable prose.