When America Was Great
The Fighting Faith of Liberalism in Post-War America
By Kevin Mattson
(Routledge, Hardcover, 9780415947756, 256pp.)
Publication Date: September 2004
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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A compelling tale that will redefine the word "liberal" for a new generation, Mattson retraces the intellectual journey of these towering figures. They served in the Second World War. They opposed communism but also wanted to make America's poor visible to the affluent society. Contrary to those who characterize liberals as naive or sentimental "bleeding hearts," they had a tough-minded and nuanced vision that stressed both human limitations and hope. They felt America should stand for something more than just a strong economy.