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  • Published: 30 June 2009
  • ISBN: 9780143115465
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $31.99

The Liberal Hour

Washington and the Politics of Change in the 1960s



An engaging be hind-the-scenes look at the lesser-known forces that fueled the profound social reforms of the 1960s

Provocative and incisive , The Liberal Hour reveals how Washington, so often portrayed as a target of reform in the 1960s, was in fact the era's most effective engine of change. The movements of the 1960s have always drawn the most attention from the decade's chroniclers, but it was in the halls of government-so often the target of protesters' wrath-that the enduring reforms of the era were produced. With nuance and panache, Calvin Mackenzie and Robert Weisbrot present the real-life characters-from giants like JFK and Johnson to lesser-known senators and congressmen-who drove these reforms and were critical to the passage of key legislation. The Liberal Hour offers an engrossing portrait of this extraordinary moment when more progressive legislation was passed than in almost any other era in American history.

  • Published: 30 June 2009
  • ISBN: 9780143115465
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $31.99

About the authors

Robert Weisbrot

Robert Weisbrot claims to have been a more or less productive citizen before discovering Xena. He is the author of Freedom Bound: A History of America's Civil Rights Movement and several other books. He teaches American history at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he also resides.

Praise for The Liberal Hour

" This is a terrific and timely book-a riveting narrative of one of the most fascinating decades in American history." -Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals "A valuable corrective to a lot of hackneyed thinking about the significance of the '60s." -The New York Times

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