In The Transformational Decade, Dr. Herbert London examines the transformation that took place in American life from the attack on the World Trade Center to the emergence of the Obama presidency. His is not a strict history, but rather snapshots of a decade that has fundamentally altered perceptions of the United States.
London’s book is modeled, in some respects, after Frederick Lewis Allen’s Only Yesterday and Since Yesterday, which sought to capture the spirit of the 1920s and 1930s. He sees the period from 2001 to 2008 as “post yesterday,” a period that broke with the past, challenged the essence of the free market, and contested America’s role on the world stage. To limn these snapshots from recent history, London has written several “decade” books: The Overheated Decade, The Counterfeit Decade, and The Decade of Denial. The Transformational Decade differs in that it represents a separation from the past and illuminates a decade that the author considers to be a new and more frightful period than any in recent American history.
Herbert I. London is President Emeritus of the Hudson Institute, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and a Trustee of The Harbour League. He is Professor Emeritus and former John M. Olin Professor of Humanities at New York University. Dr. London has written or edited twenty-five books.
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