American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis
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About the Author
ADAM HOCHSCHILD is the author of eleven books. King Leopold's Ghost was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was To End All Wars. His Bury the Chains was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN USA Literary Award. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Masterly...Hochschild's sharp portraits and vignettes make for poignant reading. -- New York Times Book Review
"In American Midnight, the historian Adam Hochschild, celebrated for his King Leopold's Ghost and other volumes, recounts it with verve and insight... one of several fresh looks at a period that had previously received little widespread attention...Hochschild narrates a time as unsettled, frightening, and (perhaps) transformative as our own."
-- Boston Globe
"Brilliant historian Adam Hochschild ... takes on the echoing years -- a century ago -- when pandemic and fire-stoking politicians buckled society. -- Chicago Tribune
"A sweeping look at the years between World War I and the Roaring Twenties, when conscientious objectors to the war were maltreated and conflicts over race and labor were at a high pitch. Hochschild draws direct lines between events of that time and the unrest of today."
-- New York Times, 15 Works of Nonfiction to Read This Fall
"A chilling tale laid out with engaging storytelling and meticulous detail." -- Los Angeles Times
A harrowing portrait of America in 1917-21, rife with racist violence, xenophobia and political repression abetted by the federal government. The book serves as a cautionary tale and a provocative counterpoint to our own era. -- New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice
"Exceptionally well written, impeccably organized, and filled with colorful, fully developed historical characters. ... A riveting, resonant account of the fragility of freedom in one of many shameful periods in U.S. history." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Expanding his history begun in To End All Wars (2011), Hochschild brings to light people and themes that are often mere footnotes in other records of the Great War."
-- Booklist (starred review)
"Meticulously researched, fluidly written, and frequently enraging, this is a timely reminder of the 'vigilant respect for civil rights and Constitutional safeguards' needed to protect democracy and forestall authoritarianism." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"During the United States' current tumultuous times, it is important to remember and revisit the forgotten injustices of the previous century. Hochschild succinctly does so here." -- Library Journal (starred review)
"Award-winning historian Adam Hochschild (King Leopold's Ghost, To End All Wars and Bury the Chains) provides a timely, fast-paced, revelatory new account of a pivotal but neglected period in American history: World War I and its stormy aftermath, when bloodshed and repression on the home front nearly doomed American democracy. The period's toxic currents of racism, nativism, red-baiting, and contempt for the rule of law feel ominously familiar today." -- Shelf Awareness