Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 November 2013

256 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780748668878

Bookseller Code (06)

The American Left

Its Impact on Politics and Society since 1900

First Edition

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

Published by Edinburgh University Press

  • Winner of the American Politics Group's 2013 Neustadt Book Prize
  • Looks at why the USA's left is always underestimated: the relative absence of a free press, its tendency to deny its own existence, and the fallacious claim that if the right is always wrong, it must be wrong about the left's impact too
  • Explores the changes that have taken place in the years between the orthodox socialist challenge of a century ago and the actions of those President Obama describes as "my friends on the left"
  • Draws on interviews with participants on the left including: Todd Gitlin, president of Students for a Democratic Society in the 1960s; Frances Piven, anti-poverty campaigner and bête noir of the American right; Bernie Sanders, socialist US Senator from Vermont and Marilyn Young, leading New left historian of US foreign policy

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