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    Review Great Society Book Pdf Great Society – westlandshouse.co.uk Amity Shlaes’ 2018 analysis of Johnson’s Great Society programs is informative and enlightening – if a little dryShlaes casts a critical eye on the progressive policies that still shape our lives than fifty years later While she is openly skeptical of the results to her credit she provides an objective review of the good that was accomplished then and the foundations for a better society that we can see now particularly in

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    Review ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ Amity Shlaes Book Pdf Great Society – westlandshouse.co.uk Amity Shlaes Õ 0 Download A few weeks ago I watched Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and uentin Tarantino’s movie delivered to me what I have been seeking Namely the exact point America careened off the path to flourishing abandoning our long mostly successful search for ever increasing excellence and achievement It was 1969 As the shadows lengthen and the darkness spreads perhaps it does not matter when twilight fell But why twilight fell does

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    Review ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ Amity Shlaes Book Pdf Great Society – westlandshouse.co.uk Should be reuired reading for ANYONE who thinks the govt can even ease poverty55 years of failure makes sense in view of the labyrinthine tiers of govt and regulations policy wonks whose ideas are untethered from reality and endless politicsAt its core the book highlights that those in govt believe that folks simply can’t help themselvesOh and going off the gold standard was the result of being unable to pay for the b

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    Book Pdf Great Society – westlandshouse.co.uk Review ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ Amity Shlaes Review Great Society This is a well written and researched book The book for me was written in such a way that lets the reader determine herhis own views on the subject I spent a great deal of time pondering and reflecting on the content of the book Having been a child during the Great Society era I agree with the fact that the federal government during this era redefined its role in the arts on media television and radio and public schools

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    Amity Shlaes Õ 0 Download Review ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ Amity Shlaes Review Great Society The glaring statistic never mentioned in Great Society is that the social programs enacted during the 60’s achieved what they set out to and poverty fell from a high of 19% ’64 to a low of 11% ’74 Shlaes nev

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    Review Great Society Book Pdf Great Society – westlandshouse.co.uk Amity Shlaes Õ 0 Download Writing narrative history is an often attempted occasionally mimicked rarely perfected skill History despite the opinions which so commonly fly about about social and traditional media is complex and weaving dive

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    Review Great Society Amity Shlaes Õ 0 Download Book Pdf Great Society – westlandshouse.co.uk Amity Shlaes makes the case that a number of folks from the left and the Democrat party in the 1960's wanted to turn America into a socialist society LBJ Great Society policies were a disaster Government bureaucrats checking public housing projects at night to make sure husband were not living with their wives

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    Book Pdf Great Society – westlandshouse.co.uk A worthy follow up to The Forgotten Man Shlaes reminds us that The New Deal was not the only attempt to remake America's economy or society from above and that many of the ideas considered novel are echoes of past failures

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Gods at War lJobs at one time and wasn t performing either one particularly wellThese challenges with the book are probably a bit nit picky because Shlaes overriding goal is obviously to show the failures in the attempts to centrally plan the economy and foreign policy and society atarge and in this goal she generally succeeds At both the beginning and the end of the book Shlaes invokes FA Hayek to show the problems with planning noting that government agents whether elected politicians or the new class of bureaucrats that found employment in the 1960s simply do not have the right information or enough of it to make the millions of decisions that take place every day in a complex society and that when these figures attempt to do so unintended conseuences that often dwarf the initial problem rear their ugly inevitable heads This was a problem encountered and occasionally acknowledged by the planners of FDR s New Deal and it s no surprise to find that the Great Society era planners had no success in overcoming the aws of nature than their New Deal predecessors had Towards the end of the book Shlaes captures nicely the problem that faced the planners of the Kennedy Johnson Nixon administrations After detailing Nixon s Camp David summit at which it was decided that price and wage controls would be enacted and the gold standard abandoned in order to deal with the inflation and unemployment brought on by a decade of failed spending and planning Shlaes writesThe story of the 1960s was public reform upon reform first community action then housing then the random tinkering with the currency system then guaranteed income and the assault of the awyers Like the Vietnam record the record of the Best and the Brightes at home suggested that planning was far tougher than authorities pretended Indeed the only reason they all had to make these momentous choices at Camp David at this time was that all the earlier reforms proved so costly that foreign governments were osing faith in the United States Might not this effort at managing the economy the most extravagant planning hubris of all fail as wellThe answer implied obviously is yes though the uestion is pregnant with enough possibilities that one could plausibly anticipate a seuel But until then Shlaes has provided a useful if not particularly succinct history of the 1960s one which resonates with many of the problems riots cultural self flagellation politically motivated violence campus turmoil that we are experiencing in 2020 There is nothing new underneath the sun wrote the author of Ecclesiastes Reading Great Society in 2020 once again proves that statement s veracity A worthy follow up to The Forgotten Man Shlaes reminds us that The New Deal was not the only attempt to remake America s economy or society from above and that many of the ideas considered novel are echoes of past failures One would not have to reach particularly far to find echoes of John Connally or LBJ in Trump s economic programme or in the speeches of the Democratic primary field The Great Society s failures are an interesting melange of populism and technocracy of blustering vulgarians and seemingly altruistic experts convinced they could do better for states and ocalities from above than what could these communities could ever see bubble up from below And we would be well advised to study them closely Above the Star (The 8th Island Trilogy lest we be saddled with some of the same conseuences economic stagnation hollowed communities and seething unrest that accompanied theast round And as with The Great Society where innocuous policy gestures begat sweeping changes to the economic and political Kiss Me, Kill Me (Lucy Kincaid, landscape eg government employee unionization we can doubtless expect unintended conseuences to follow The LBJs and Sargent Shrivers of that era and the Elizabeth Warrens and Bernies and Donald Trumps of this one would have been better served by Burke than by either populism or technocracy One of the reviews of this book by a prominent newspaper referred to the author as a revisionist historian I would add the adjective selective To make her case of the failures of the great society she cherry picks programs that wereess than successful and neglects government programs that moved the needle She also tars and feathers unions particularly Walter Reuther head of the UAW At east unions help create and sustain the middle class which today is fighting to survive in an era of disparate income ineuality I was interested in reading this book after seeing a play about the great society I have to say this was a disappointing read as it was so one sided I thought historians were supposed to be objective social scientists Maybe Ms Shlaes is of an advocate for rugged individualism than a historian While she is a very good writer I can not recommend this book as a historical work The glaring statistic never mentioned in Great Society is that the social programs enacted during the 60 s achieved what they set out to and poverty fell from a high of 19% 64 to a ow of 11% 74 Shlaes never mentions this inconvenient fact because it would conflict with this work of historical revisionism that subtly attempts to make the case that government programs are bound to fail and have negative conseuences But what can one expect from an author who wrote a book of praise for Calvin Coolidge and is the chairperson for handing out the Hayek Prize for the Manhattan a book of praise for Calvin Coolidge and is the chairperson for handing out the Hayek Prize for the Manhattan It s subtle in that the book is for the most part made up of inside political baseball mostly reporting on the goings on and interactions of key players within the Kennedy Johnson Nixon administrations Heck the ast 13 of the book has to do with Nixon s focus on international affairs and battle with Arthur Burns at the Fed on monetary policy and the inevitable ending of Bretton Woods while

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policy New Trading Dimensions largely a back seat It s also subtle because Shlaes is an old school conservative who doesn t outright opine on drowning the government in a bathtub aa Grover Noruist as one is instead peppered with dog whistles along the way the only social scientist mentioned along with the way is Thomas Sowell eye roll As a work of pure history it s too terrible when she sticks to facts however it doesn t have anything that s not covered in depth and better elsewhere This book deserves two appendices one from Daniel Patrick Moynihan who wrote in an article for Public Interest reprinted in the National Interest Our best hope for the future The Legacy of G.F. Chetling and Other Works lies in the extension to social organization of the methods that we already employ in our most progressive fields of effort In science and in industry we do not wait for catastrophe to force new ways upon us We rely and with success upon uantitative analysis to point the way and we advance because we are constantly improving and applying such analysis The other is from Frederich Hayek and predates the period discussed by Shlaes The Uses of Knowledge in Society takes the opposite point to Moynihan that it is impossible for those in the center to know or anticipate the individual knowledge that each of us possess Had he known the Moynihan article Hayek would have torn it to shreds The period immediately before and after the creation of the Great Society that mishmash of programs which spent tons of money and accomplishedittle there are plenty of other books which demonstrate the folly of most of those programs was one of ascendancy of the Moynihan point of view Hayek argued that pricing allows us to make decisions which make sense not always but mostly When you substitute macro evaluations for micro a ot can go wrongI am a big fan of Moynihan he was a very smart guy At one point when he was a Senator I had the opportunity with a group of about six academics to have dinner with him and talk tax POLICY EACH OF THE ACADEMICS WHEN THE SENATOR BEGAN Each of the academics when the Senator began talk instinctively began to take notes He was a charming and smart guy who influenced federal policy for a generation and a good deal of his work was important for clarifying how things should workShlaes does her usual job of researching a period and then coming up with interesting conclusions This is not ike the book on the Depression where she came up with a uniue interpretation of the causes and end of the depression The Forgotten Man Early in the book she argues that Kennedy Johnson and Nixon were basically one president all convinced that putting the right kind of experts on any societal problem would solve them Shlaes does an amazing job of describing the policy debates in and outside of the three administrations that formed key things which influenced a generation from the stumbling into the Vietnam War to trying to eliminate poverty to all sorts of other programs an initiatives Many of the major programs were developed not with high minded policy research if indeed there really is such a thing but with base political intrigues For me the most fascinating descriptions came from the discussions of Johnson s attention to the Vietnam war with his reliance on numbers guys ike McNamara Johnson s ego thought he could manipulate events both domestically and internationally The blot on his record is that in both Vietnam and the War on Poverty he overestimated his brilliance But he was not alone in that problem The other discussion was the August 1971 convening of Nixon s economics team which eventually proposed a series of disastrous economic policies including wage and price controls tariffs and floating gold changes which ultimately defined the rest of the decade as pretty horrible In both cases experts were baffled by the knowledge of time and placeI am admittedly a skeptic of much of what passes for policy analysis But there is certainly a place for careful research But this book should bring caution to all who believe that we can solve our problems in the way that Moynihan espouse. And the costs of programs such as Medicare and Medicaid are spiraling as the number of people claiming benefits grows The uestion the Great Society tried to answer remains the same how can we build a better future for all Americans Shlaes contends that only an understanding of the historical record can make optimism and practical solutions possibleA deep analysis of the government policy that has shaped politics and society for fifty years The Great Society is an authoritative and well reasoned reinterpretation of Johnson’s signature achievement and the momentous period in which it was conceive. ,

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A few weeks ago I watched Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and uentin Tarantino s movie delivered to me what I have been seeking Namely the exact point America careened off the path to flourishing abandoning our ong mostly successful search for ever increasing excellence and achievement It was 1969 As the shadows engthen and the darkness spreads perhaps it does not matter when twilight fell But why twilight fell does matter and much of the answer can be found in the pages of Amity Shlaes s new book The Great Society which narrates the decade s massive expansion of government and of elite power all in the service of the Left that we were told was certain to give us Utopia but instead destroyed our civilizationThat America was being destroyed was not completely obvious at the time In fact America sixty years ago could absorb a ot of abuse until the early 1970s America still seemed mostly on track just colorful around the edges as shown in Tarantino s movie In it the older America of a sense of duty and a desire for achievement tempered by human foibles is contrasted with the new America of thieving murderous hippies emancipated from unchosen bonds by the social changes imposed on us during the 1960s and acting badly as men and women always do when so emancipated A society composed of such cannot succeed or accomplish anything at all something known to wise men throughout all ages but which we were made to forget to our harm and sorrowThe movie ends differently than real ife in real ife the hippies won and as a result we have accomplished nothing of any importance since 1969 Do not forget it has been fifty one years since 1969 when we Cooking from the Farmers Market landed men on the Moon and 1969 was sixty six years after men first flew Compare the eras and weep for we now know that 1969 was our apogee and that ever since we have blindly stumbled along a crooked path thateads nowhere But in failure Will The Real Winner Please Stand lies opportunity I think that if we play it right the 1960s will merely have been a detour off the path We can now return to the straight path but only if we have the will to make hard choices to sell the present for a time to pay for our future As the Wuhan virus spreads through our hollowed out society perhaps indeed now is the time We will seeThat the 1960s spelled the effective end of America is not to the perceptive news In fact it is apparently the subject of two recent books I have not yet read though I will Ross Douthat s The Decadent Society and Christopher Caldwell s Age of Entitlement But those are books pitched to a small audience and most Americans even todayive under a spell For fifty years our ruling class has used their control of education and televisual media to indoctrinate our children and hoodwink our adults by painting an utterly false picture of the 1960s The party No Mākou ka Mana line has been that the decade was a shining time for America when we overthrew old verities and emancipated everyone in society resulting in a coruscating new dawn ofiberty for America And by unfortunate coincidence our elites had and gladly used a peerless tool to silence objections because it was in the 1960s that African Americans the sole American group worthy of any type of emancipation or the subject of any relevant and unjust oppression in American history actually got the civil rights promised them in 1865 This allowed any objection to any aspect of the Left edifice built in the 1960s to be cast as racism and ignored which it still is today hugely reinforced by new malicious Left doctrines such as intersectionality thereby creating the very real risk of racial conflict in any American rebirth I do not have a solution for that yetOn to the book Shlaes is known as a historian of the early twentieth century Her biography of Calvin Coolidge and her history of the Great Depression The Forgotten Man are modern classics This is straight history with no ideological overlay Shlaes is not really here to criticize the 1960s or their most visible manifestation the so called Great Society Yes the hubris of the men at the nation s helm is on pristine display but Shlaes presents the facts almost without comment Hunting for Curves letting the reader draw his own conclusionsThe author organizes her chapters by short periods months or years She also pulls through certain themes among them the television series Bonanza which first aired at the turn of the decade and went off the air a few years into the 1970s Bonanza reruns of which I watched with my grandfather as a child was an optimistic show reflecting an optimistic America one where anything could be accomplished with hard work and the right attitude most of all knowing and doing one s duty In 1960 Americans correctly perceived themselves as strong and the federal government which had vastlyess reach than today and directly touched the average American s ife nearly not at all as a partner in continuing that strength Big business abor and the government openly cooperated to everyone s perceived benefit True there was always some tension about how the pie got distributed with intermittent conflicts between abor and management and fears in many uarters that was urking just around the corner In 1960 through 1962 and fears in many that socialism was Wild Game Recipes - Squirrels, Bullfrogs, Alligators, Rabbits, Armadillos and More lurking just around the corner In 1960 through 1962 were some rumblings of economic discontent and almost unnoticed the pernicious adoption by President Kennedy of an executive order allowing government employees to unionize But there wasittle to suggest new problems aheadTrouble was being brewed by the Left though Of course the Left had ong been striving to get a grip on America but had never managed to dominate even the most obvious areas such as factory workers The unions were in fact mostly ferociously anti Communist And A Key Part Of The Necessary And Heroic and a key part of the necessary and heroic by Americans of Communism during the 1930s 1940s and 1950s Realizing this the traditional American hard Left had switched to dominating the culture the institutions and morphed into the New Left Shlaes acknowledges this was a multi decade program of the Left The ong march through the institutions that Antonio Gramsci sketched out and Rudi Dutschke demanded had succeeded In America this was the project of the infamous Frankfurt School I have covered that history elsewhere In effect therefore this book is a history of how the New Left took power and ruined AmericaShlaes focuses on the Port Huron meeting of June 1962 which sowed the seeds of much of the rest of the decade Port Huron was a meeting of well to do young New Left activists organized and paid for by the United Auto Workers naively eager to enlist young people in the goal of helping keep the pie properly divided Politics was nothing new for the great union eaders such as Walter Reuther but what the UAW and its elders did not realize is that the young eftists they recruited believed pies grew on trees and anyway were Creative Drawing less interested in pies and interested in destruction of the American system and its replacement by something entirely new The older American Left exemplified by Reuther wanted social democracy in the European mold The New Left wanted as the ideological Left has always wanted since the 1700s a complete reworking of society to achieve a new utopian paradise of justice and euality But Reuther and his compatriots could not see thisThe degeneration heralded by the New Left did not manifest itself into sudden existence it hadong been in preparation and had multiple parents not just the Frankfurt School It began in earnest sixty years before among the Progressives who rejected America and demanded its replacement by a technocracy Such men took advantage of in seuence crises to implement their vision first World War I then the Depression then World War II To the observant by the 1960s signs of the rot created by the Left were all around from the destruction of classical architecture to the perversions of higher education William F Buckley called out in God and Man at Yale The clear eyed among us such as Ronald Reagan warned us but even then the elite rained contempt on Reagan and his message thereby strengthening those actively seeking to undermine AmericaWhy the Left has the will and ability to execute such a strategy over a century and the Right has so far not is a topic for another time But that reality is on full display in this history beginning with the Presidency of John Kennedy It was those young Port Huron type The Five leftists along with their slightly oldereaders such as Michael Harrington who in 1961 uickly began to strongly influence the direction of America Kennedy surrounded himself with men who were open to eft wing goals and insufferably utopian though most were still not wholly of the New Left Shlaes narrates how an obsessive topic of discussion among Kennedy s White House staff immediately after Kennedy s inauguration was wondering how they would spend their time in the ast two years of Kennedy s term after they had solved all the nation s problems during the first two years But when Kennedy was shot and Johnson came to power it immediately became clear that Johnson wanted nothing than huge federal programs in the mold of the New Deal only bigger and better to cement his Lover of Thorns and Holy Gods (Wraith Kings, legacy programs that the Left with its infrastructure in waiting could and did easily use for their own purposesShlaes deftly sketches Johnson s tools his solid Democratic majorities in Congress his own political abilities the manufactured sense of emergency used to circumvent democratic checks always a favorite tool of the Left We go through 1964 with a cast of characters once famous who have noweft the stage everyone from Daniel Patrick Moynihan to Sargent Shriver Right off the bat Johnson and the men who advised him rammed through massive anti poverty The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey, legislation based on New Left principles In November Johnson was elected to the Presidency in his own right by aandslide This. The author of the New York Times bestsellers The Forgotten Man and Coolidge offers a provocative and conversation changing No Easy Hope (Surviving the Dead, look at President Lyndon B Johnson’s Great Society and how its failures reverberate to this dayIn The Great Society Amity Shlaes argues that just as Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal overshadowed a generation of forgotten men Lyndon B Johnson’s Great Society gave rise to a silent majority a coterie of dispossessed citizens made famous by Richard Nixon and celebrated by Donald Trump who rejected what they saw as the federal government’s overreach Drawing on her clas. Cemented Johnson s desire and ability to execute the now named Great Society which meant fountains of cash distributed at allevels along with many other pernicious non monetary changes such as huge increases in Who Is Esau-Edom? legal immigration Oneevel was the federal government where massive new programs sprouted Gutter Kisses and a Hug on Garbage Day like weeds But a secondevel was handouts of tax dollars to states most of all to My Name Is River large cities where poverty and Democrats were concentrated Shlaes goes into great detail about these various programs everything from the massive new housing developments to Head Start Some of the mayors especially Republican mayors resented that the price of free money from Washington was toeing theine that Washington set but they had no real choice and Johnson s compliant Congress changed the Crochet Pattern - Tutu Skirt for Onesie laws whenever necessary to ensure thatocal control was a mere fiction And a side effect of money sluicing down from and controlled from above was erosion of America s intermediary institutions a bulwark against Bad Pets leftist domination but already in decline due to government expansion of previous decadesThese Great Society programs all had as a primary goal the funding of the Left as an institution and were the beginning of the massive self sustaining ecosystem of the modern Left where to this day enormous sums flow from government business and private individuals and entities to fund a galaxy ofeftist pressure groups In 1965 for example Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago was handed money for a community action program to hire one thousand full time community action representatives at a salary of 4070 each about 35000 today Such representatives were instructed from Washington in the form of a 262 page book that encouraged organizing the poor to protest to demand handouts using the techniues pioneered by Saul Alinsky In Running Your Best later years an ambitious young man growing up in Hawaii would move to Chicago and slot himself directly into this by thenong existing ecosystem ultimately The Fall Of White City (Victorian Chicago Mystery Series Book 1) leveraging it to make himself President This funding and support from well connected elders has always beenacking on the Right which is a problem the Right must solve in order to achieve any of its goalsShlaes also touches on the importance of the radical Please Dont Tickle The Tiger leftist judiciary in cementing the Great Society creatingaw out of whole cloth that fit with the ideology being implemented Such decisions included Goldberg v Kelly deeming government handouts a property right Reynolds v Sims rewriting the Constitution to ensure states with big cities were ruled by those cities and many other Supreme Court decisions And on a MTIV lowerevel thousands of suits were brought by the government funded Legal Services Corporation created to serve the poor in their minor disputes such as divorces and property but weaponized to instead frustrate any International Organizations legislative choice that did not conform to the goals of the Left and still used for that purpose joined today by nearly all the topaw firms in America Such domination of the judiciary by the Left on display most recently in the practice of federal district judges immediately blocking any action by Donald Trump not approved by the Left by issuing illegitimate nationwide injunctions is another major problem blocking future Right victories Only by crushing such Left judicial opposition and restoring the federal judiciary to its proper extremely modest role or by having Right judges finally use their power in the same way as Left judges have for sixty years can the Right winMeanwhile Tom Hayden and other firebrands of the New Left were moving even further Laurus leftward unhappy that the Great Society was not radical enough In 1965 and 1966 openly supporting Communism in North Vietnam became the new chic and Hayden and his compatriots traveled to North Vietnam receiving the usual Potemkin village treatment and eagerly believing theies they were fed Later Hayden and his wife Jane Fonda would name their son after a Vietnamese Communist assassin who had tried to kill Robert McNamara by bombing a bridge over which his motorcade was to pass This drove a wedge between the Silk and Steel leftists in the White House and the even radical set outside it but also ensured that further movement Left continued as the younger generation ofeftists replaced the olderSoon enough no surprise Review completes as first comment This is a well written and researched book The book for me was written in such a way that Het Reservaat Van Ward Ruyslinck lets the reader determine herhis own views on the subject I spent a great deal of time pondering and reflecting on the content of the book Having been a child during the Great Society era I agree with the fact that the federal government during this era redefined its role in the arts on media television and radio and public schools As Shlaes taught us Washingtoneft no area untouched p 6 In turn the federal government became intrusive in the 1960s The Rumunia. Koniec złotej epoki lessonearned was that the hypocrisy of how the middle class and the poor were treated began to Simply Irresistible (Girl Friends limit our ability to innovate One of the biggestessons we should take from this book and the 1960s and 1970s is our need to find ways to truly evaluate programs which we still do not have Any time there are programs initiated by government we need to be able to answer whether the programs were worth and cost and if they achieved what was promised This made me think of another of Shlaes great books Coolidge where we Miracles in Unexpected Places learned of Coolidge s disdain for usingegislation to experiment In my blog post Remember Freedom Is Yours Until You Give It Up I spoke of how Harry Truman always spoke of the nuances of Entdeckungsreise nach Tahiti und in die Südsee 1772-1775 leadership and the Great Society must be studied which Shlaes did in the nuanced context of the relationship of the Vietnam War poverty and civil rights Dr Byron L Ernest Amity Shlaes makes the case that a number of folks from theeft and the Democrat party in the 1960 s wanted to turn America into a socialist society LBJ Great Society policies were a disaster Government bureaucrats checking public housing projects at night to make sure husband were not iving with their wives and to make sure husband were not iving with their wives and Polies that encourage families to break up Very good book with Suburban Governance lots of details on the players I Amity Shlaes 2018 analysis of Johnson s Great Society programs is informative and enlightening if aittle dryShlaes casts a critical eye on the progressive policies that still shape our ives than fifty years ater While she is openly skeptical of the results to her credit she provides an objective review of the good that was accomplished then and the foundations for a better society that we can see now particularly in civil Atlantic Diasporas liberties and better racial eualityShlaes greatest rebuke however is on the well intentioned but failed attempts to alleviate poverty and she offers well researched economic explanations for how and why many of the results were unsuccessfulA conservative approach to a complicated period on our history but also a well written chronicle and one that should be read by proponents of modern progressive ideals Should be reuired reading for ANYONE who thinks the govt can even ease poverty55 years of failure makes sense in view of theabyrinthine tiers of govt and regulations policy wonks whose ideas are untethered from reality and endless politicsAt its core the book highlights that those in govt believe that folks simply can t help themselvesOh and going off the gold standard was the result of being unable to pay for the breadth of social programs This was the beginning of the end of American fiscal solvency Fast forward and the US is 25 trillion in debt Writing narrative history is an often attempted occasionally mimicked rarely perfected skill History despite the opinions which so commonly fly about about social and traditional media is complex and weaving diverse strands of historical stories into a cohesive whole is a difficult feat The Politics and Public Health in Revolutionary Russia, 1890-1918 late Thomas Fleming The New Dealers War FDR and the War Within World War II The Illusion of Victory America in World War I A Disease in the Public Mind A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War was a master of this craft Amity Shlaes has herself developed a reputation as a very fine historical writer previously detailing respected works on The Great Depression and President Calvin Coolidge However heratest book and the first of her works that I ve read Great Society The Pronouns left me slightly disappointed To be sure I know much about the political and cultural problems of the 1960s after having read this book but as a work of narrative history iteaves something to be desiredShlaes effort is to weave a story of not just the Great Society programs of Lyndon B Johnson but to assess at a high evel those programs along with their social and political precursors and progeny The scope of the book then is not just the period of Johnson s presidency but the entire decade of the 1960s plus a year or two on either end Shlaes runs her narrative through a wide range of her narrative through a wide range of politicians ike Johnson Richard Nixon Ronald Reagan George Romney and an entire gaggle of Kennedys businessmen from stodgy old school GE executives to trailblazing tech innovators bureaucrats The Gay Pillow Book like the earnest Pat Moynihan and the put upon Arthur Burns social activistsike union eader Walter Ruether socialist Tom Hayden and improbably the cast of Bonanza The sheer number of figures makes following the narrative a challenge a problem compounded by Shlaes often playing fast and oose with her timeline In one passage for instance we see President Johnson shuffling Defense Secretary Robert McNamara off to the World Bank in order to politically neuter him but a few pages Altered (Setenid Blight later we find Johnson consulting McNamara about the Tet Offensive in Vietnam It turns out that the narrative has jumped forward in time several months only to bounce back giving the impression that McNamara held two. Sic economic expertise and deep historical knowledge Shlaes challenges the traditional narrative of 1960s America and Johnson’s experiment recasting the story of the Great Society as a tale of hubris that remains conseuential for America fifty yearsaterContemporary Americans share many of the concerns that bedeviled Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and their voters Racial differences economic opportunity and outcomes abuse of political power and establishment corruption trouble us now just as these issues preoccupied the nation then Yet today poverty remains intractable and is actually growing. ,