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The Great Boom, 1950-2000: How a Generation of Americans Created the World's Most Prosperous Society

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Publisher Comments:

In The Great Boom, historian Robert Sobel tells the fascinating story of the last 50 years when American entrepreneurs, visionaries, and ordinary citizens transformed our depression and war-exhausted society into today's economic powerhouse.


As America's G.I.s returned home from World War II, many of the nation's best minds predicted a new depression - yet exactly the opposite occurred. Jobs were plentiful in retooled factories swamped with orders from pent-up demand. Tens of thousands of families moved out of cities into affordable suburban homes built by William Levitt and his imitators. They bought cars, televisions, and air conditioners by the millions. And they took to the nation's roads and new interstate highways - the largest public works project in world history - where Kemmons Wilson of Holiday Inns, Ray Kroc of McDonalds, and other start-up entrepreneurs soon catered to a mobile populace with food and lodgings for leisure time vacationers.


Americans and their families began to channel savings into new opportunities. Credit cards democratized purchasing power, while early mutual funds found growing numbers of investors to fuel the first postwar bull market in the go-go '60s. At the same time the continuing boom enriched the fabric of social and cultural life. A college education became a must on the highway to upward mobility; high-tech industries arose with astonishing new ways of conducting business electronically; and an unprecedented 49 million families had become investors when the 1981 - 2000 stock market boom reached 10,000 on the Dow.


The Great Boom is the first major book to portray the great wave of home-grown entrepreneurs as post-war heroes in the complete remaking and revitalizing of America. All that, plus the creation of unprecedented wealth - for themselves, for the nation, for tens of millions of citizens - all in five short drama-filled decades.

Book News Annotation:

Business historian Sobel died in June 1999, a month after completing the preface to his celebration of US businessmen from Levitt of Levittown to Gates of Silicon Valley. Their acumen and courage, he says, created immense wealth for the nation, for millions of its citizens, and for themselves.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

"The Great Boom" is a major book on how America's World War II veterans literally rebuilt and totally revitalized America as it exists today. Their individual stories are woven throughout this engrossing narrative. 16-page photo insert.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [421]-438) and index.

About the Author

ROBERT SOBEL was a financial historian and Lawrence Stessin
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Business History at Hofstra University.
The author of numerous books, including Panic on Wall Street (1968),
The Entrepreneurs (1974), IBM (1981) and When Giants
Stumble
(1999), Sobel was also a journalist for ten years, writing a
weekly column for Newsday as well as a regular contributor to
Barron's. Additional articles and reviews appeared in The New York
Times, The Wall Street Journal,
and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Robert Sobel died in June 1999.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312208905
Subtitle:
(how a generation of Americans created the world's most prosperous society )
Author:
Sobel, Robert
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
1945-
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Veterans
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
HB97
Publication Date:
2000
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
450 p., 16 p. of plates
Dimensions:
9.53x6.46x1.45 in. 1.81 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "The Great Boom" is a major book on how America's World War II veterans literally rebuilt and totally revitalized America as it exists today. Their individual stories are woven throughout this engrossing narrative. 16-page photo insert.
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