Cowie, Jefferson R., Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class. New York: New Press, 2010. An account of how middle-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s.
Farber, David R. Chicago ’68. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988. An innovative study of a critical turning point in history.
Herring, George C. America’s Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950–1975. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002. A detailed yet readable account of the uncertain U.S. entry, often perplexing escalation of involvement, and painful exit from Vietnam.
Karnow, Stanley. Vietnam: A History. New York: Penguin, 1997. Offers a look at both sides of the Vietnam War and delves into the political and military events that originally caused the war and brought it to an end.
Kendrick, Oliver. The My Lai Massacre in American History and Memory. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2007. Examines the response of American society to the My Lai massacre and its ambiguous place in American national memory.
Kutler, Stanley. The Wars of Watergate: The Last Crisis of Richard Nixon. New York: W.W. Norton, 1992. Kutler details the complexities of political sabotage and conspiracies to obstruct justice in evocative contexts including Vietnam and the growth of the imperial presidency.
Merrill, Karen. The Oil Crisis of 1973–1974: A Brief History with Documents. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s Series in History and Culture, 2007. A thorough examination of this watershed event with a collection of primary sources ranging from industry and government memos to contemporary news coverage and political cartoons.
O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1990. An award-winning collection of stories based on the author’s actual experience in Vietnam. A captivating study of the tension between memory and history.
Schulmann, Bruce J. The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics. New York: Da Capo Press, 2002. Offers a fast-paced, wide-ranging, and brilliant examination of the political, cultural, social, and religious upheavals of the 1970s.
Small, Melvin. Antiwarriors: The Vietnam War and the Battle for America’s Hearts and Minds. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002. A critical analysis of the antiwar movement in politics and culture.
Wicker, Tom. A Time to Die: The Attica Prison Revolt. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2011. This study compels us to understand the inhumanity of prisons in America, one of the greatest injustices of our time.
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Abu-Lughod, Janet L. Race, Space, and Riots in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. This study compares six major race riots that occurred in the three largest American urban areas during the course of the 20th century: in Chicago in 1919 and 1968; in New York in 1935/1943 and 1964; and in Los Angeles in 1965 and 1992.
Anderson, Terry H. The Pursuit of Fairness: A History of Affirmative Action. This book clears the air and calms the emotions about affirmative action, as it illuminates a difficult and critically important debate.
Brands, H.W. The Wages of Globalism: Lyndon Johnson and the Limits of American Power. Brands offers a fresh look at Johnson’s handling of international relations, putting Vietnam in the context of the many crises he confronted and the outdated policies of global containment he was expected to uphold.
Jenkins, Philip, Decade of Nightmares: The End of the Sixties and the Making of Eighties America. Offers a truly original and persuasive account of this period.
Schulzinger, Robert D. A Time for War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941–1975. Insightful analysis of the war from the perspective of a leading diplomatic historian.
Learn about the Vietnam War. This Digital History site offers a summary of the war, photographs, documents, fact sheets and lesson plans.
Battlefield: Vietnam. The companion site to the PBS documentary of the same title contains a timeline, images, animations, and details on military technologies of the time.
The Watergate Story. Hosted by the newspaper that broke the story in 1972, this site contains biographies, a timelines, video clips, and lots of background information.
Constitutional Issues: Watergate and the Constitution. This National Archives site focuses on lesson plans and the documents that speak to the constitutional crisis of Watergate.