November 29, 2021 8:15 AM EST

Pulitzer Prize winner Louis Menand takes stock of the rich and chaotic cultural landscape of America, from the Cold War up to the Vietnam era. From Susan Sontag’s literary criticism to the rise of pop art, the book bears witness to the works of art that emerged from a period of great social upheaval with rapidly shifting politics, economics, social ideals and technological advances. Ultimately, Menand makes a compelling case for how this era not only created a veritable plethora of American culture, but also cemented the U.S.’ cultural dominance in a brave new world.

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