The Great Boom 1950-2000: How a Generation of Americans by Robert Sobel

By Robert Sobel

In The nice Boom, historian Robert Sobel tells the attention-grabbing tale of the final 50 years while American marketers, visionaries, and usual voters remodeled our melancholy and war-exhausted society into today's fiscal powerhouse.

As America's G.I.s lower back domestic from global battle II, a number of the nation's most sensible minds anticipated a brand new depression—yet precisely the contrary happened. Jobs have been ample in retooled factories swamped with orders from pent-up call for. Tens of hundreds of thousands of households moved out of towns into reasonable suburban houses equipped via William Levitt and his imitators. They got automobiles, televisions, and air conditioners through the hundreds of thousands. they usually took to the nation's roads and new interstate highways—the biggest public works venture in international history—where Kemmons Wilson of vacation hotels, Ray Kroc of McDonalds, and different start-up marketers quickly catered to a cellular population with meals and accommodations for relaxation time vacationers.

Americans and their households started to channel mark downs into new possibilities. charge cards democratized procuring energy, whereas early mutual cash came across becoming numbers of traders to gasoline the 1st postwar bull industry within the go-go '60s. whilst the continued increase enriched the material of social and cultural lifestyles. a school schooling grew to become a needs to at the road to upward mobility; high-tech industries arose with mind-blowing new methods of undertaking company electronically; and an remarkable forty nine million households had develop into traders whilst the 1981-2000 inventory industry growth reached 10,000 at the Dow.

The nice Boom is the 1st significant booklet to painting the good wave of homegrown marketers as post-war heroes within the whole remaking and revitalizing of the USA. All that, plus the construction of unheard of wealth—or themselves, for the country, for hundreds of thousands of citizens—all in 5 brief drama-filled a long time.

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