By Robert Sobel

In The nice Boom, historian Robert Sobel tells the attention-grabbing tale of the final 50 years while American marketers, visionaries, and traditional electorate reworked our melancholy and war-exhausted society into brand new monetary powerhouse.

As America's G.I.s back domestic from global struggle II, the various nation's top minds anticipated a brand new depression—yet precisely the contrary happened. Jobs have been considerable in retooled factories swamped with orders from pent-up call for. Tens of hundreds of thousands of households moved out of towns into cheap suburban houses equipped by way of William Levitt and his imitators. They got autos, televisions, and air conditioners via the thousands. they usually took to the nation's roads and new interstate highways—the greatest public works undertaking in international history—where Kemmons Wilson of vacation resorts, Ray Kroc of McDonalds, and different start-up marketers quickly catered to a cellular population with meals and accommodations for relaxation time vacationers.

Americans and their households started to channel reductions into new possibilities. charge cards democratized procuring strength, whereas early mutual cash came upon transforming into numbers of traders to gasoline the 1st postwar bull industry within the go-go '60s. whilst the continued growth enriched the material of social and cultural lifestyles. a school schooling turned a needs to at the street to upward mobility; high-tech industries arose with incredible new methods of carrying out company electronically; and an remarkable forty nine million households had turn into traders whilst the 1981-2000 inventory industry increase reached 10,000 at the Dow.

The nice Boom is the 1st significant ebook to painting the nice wave of homegrown marketers as post-war heroes within the whole remaking and revitalizing of the United States. All that, plus the production of exceptional wealth—or themselves, for the state, for thousands and thousands of citizens—all in 5 brief drama-filled decades.

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