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By Jeremy Black

Red states as opposed to blue states. Metro as opposed to unfashionable. North or South, East or West. Pundits, politicians, and social scientists like to carve out different types in an try to make experience of political and social divisions that run in the course of the American panorama. because the domestic of approximately three hundred million humans unfold over nearly 3.7 million sq. miles of earth, the USA poses a huge problem to all who attempt to grapple with its wealthy and immensely advanced actual and social geography. Acclaimed British historian Jeremy Black tackles this problem via a literal and metaphorical street journey throughout America’s actual and ancient landscapes, studying the ways in which occasions in American historical past and tradition due to the fact that 1960 have remade the geography and demographics of America. 

Black works from the startling premise that the USA is a continent pretending to be a rustic. He examines the cultural clashes—and the stressful harmony—between the various neighborhood cultures uneasily contained in the usa’ broad bounds. Suburban sprawl, the triumph of consumerism, the battle over healthiness care, immigration, and Christian evangelicalism all play a component in those pages, as Black unravels the tangled internet of yankee existence prior to now forty-five years. He locates such tensions within the tug-of-war among the unitary and divisive pressures that experience constantly outlined the nature of yank executive, and within the alternating upward thrust and fall of individualism and conformity in American society as well.  Black additionally has a few telling new reflections on America’s function out of the country, from Nixon’s Vietnam to George W. Bush's Iraq.

Drawing on travels from Virginia to California to Alaska, Black deftly finds in Altered States the less-examined points of yankee tradition as they're manifested in its varied peoples and landscapes from coast to coast.

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