On the face of it, the Ford-Carter years seem completely forgettable. They were years of weak presidential leadership and national drift. Yet, as Laura Kalman shows in this absorbing narrative history, the contours of our contemporary politics took shape during these years.
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PART ONE: THE END OF THE SIXTIES
I The nightmare continues
II The poverty of power
III Between public and private: Family matters
IV The fading of America
PART TWO: MODERATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS
V The death of détente
VII From busing to Bakke
PART EIGHT: READY FOR THE EIGHTIES: MOBILIZATION ON THE RIGHT
IX The market as magnet
X Gender, God, and government
XI Return to the Cold War : the United States, the Soviet Union, and the Middle East
XII To the mountaintop and back
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