Prior to the Vietnam struggle, American highbrow existence rested very easily on shared assumptions and infrequently universal beliefs. Intellectuals principally supported the social and fiscal reforms of the Thirties, the conflict opposed to Hitler's Germany, and U.S. behavior throughout the chilly battle. via the early Nineteen Sixties, a liberal highbrow consensus existed.
The warfare in Southeast Asia shattered this fragile coalition, which speedily dissolved into a number of camps, each one of which wondered American associations, values, and beliefs. Robert R. Tomes sheds new mild at the dying of chilly struggle liberalism and the advance of the recent Left, and the regular progress of a conservatism that used Vietnam, and anti-war sentiment, as a rallying element. Importantly, Tomes offers new facts that neoconservatism retreated from internationalism due principally to Vietnam, merely to regroup later with considerably reduced objectives and expectations.
Covering tremendous archival terrain, Apocalypse Then stands because the definitive account of the impression of the Vietnam struggle on American highbrow lifestyles.