In the 1960s, Americans sought the same goals many seek now: an end to poverty, higher standards of living for the middle class, a better environment, and more access to health care and education. Then, too, we debated socialism and capitalism, public sector reform versus private sector advancement. Ironically, the author of The Forgotten Man argues, the costs of entitlement commitments made a half century ago by Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon preclude the very reforms that Americans will need in coming decades. Surveying these surprisingly similar administrations, Amity Shlaes's revisionist history includes such figures as Governor Ronald Reagan, activist Tom Hayden, and United Automobile Workers head Walter Reuther.
Great Society: A New History
Author: Amity Shlaes.