Rebirth of a Nation (Hardcover)

The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920

By Jackson Lears

Harper, 9780060747497, 432pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2009

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"Fascinating.... A major work by a leading historian at the top of his game--at once engaging and tightly argued." --The New York Times Book Review

"Dazzling cultural history: smart, provocative, and gripping. It is also a book for our times, historically grounded, hopeful, and filled with humane, just, and peaceful possibilities." --The Washington Post

An illuminating and authoritative history of America in the years between the Civil War and World War I, Jackson Lears's Rebirth of a Nation was named one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.



Praise For Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920

“Jackson Lears is a formidable, compellingly original cultural and intellectual historian. . . . Rebirth of a Nation is Lears’ most ambitious work yet, and it builds brilliantly on his earlier projects. . . . Lears’ convincing new narrative of this pivotal half century never falters.”
-Tim Rutten, The Los Angeles Times

“A fascinating cultural history. . . .A major work by a leading historian at the top of his game—at once engaging and tightly argued. Like the best histories, it is also a book that speaks to our own time.”
-The New York Times Book Review

“Jackson Lears is one of the few pre-eminent historians of our time. As we dream for a rebirth of America in the age of Obama, this magnificent and magisterial book on the making of modern America could not be more timely. Don’t miss it!”
-Cornel West

“In this sweeping and charged history, Jackson Lears brilliantly evokes a defining era in American history. He recasts what we have blandly called the ‘Gilded Age,’ revealing a time of profound change, sharp conflict, and enduring consequence.”
-Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond

“High-concept cultural history at its provocative best. Lears is a polymath and Big Thinker.”
-American History

“Jackson Lears, America’s premier cultural historian, has written the smartest and most illuminating survey of this roaring, perplexing era since Richard Hofstadter’s The Age of Reform.”
-Michael Kazin, author of A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan and professor of history, Georgetown University

“A remarkable book. . . . As Jackson Lears demonstrates again, he is one of the best of his (and my) generation of historians.”
-David Nasaw, The American Prospect

“In Rebirth of a Nation, Jackson Lears, our most stimulating historian of American culture, outdoes himself, offering a stunning interpretive synthesis on politics, culture, and social upheaval in the pivotal half-century when ideals of regeneration assumed their modern shape, sometimes as imperial bombast, sometimes as designs for reform.”
-Todd Gitlin

“Jackson Lears has become the historian of American yearning. . . . He excels at the miniature portrait, and his richly associative imagination enables him to make telling use of the Cecil B. De Mille-sized case he assembled for Rebirth of a Nation.”
-Patricia O'Toole, The American Scholar