Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 8.2 X 1.2 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

KEVIN M. KRUSE specializes in twentieth-century American political history, with special attention to conflicts over race, religion, and rights. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MA and PhD degrees from Cornell University. He is a professor of history at Princeton University, where he has served on the faculty since 2000. Kruse is the author of White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America, and, with Julian Zelizer, Fault Lines: A History of the United States since 1974, as well as the coeditor of three essay collections. He is currently working on his next project, titled "The Division: John Doar, the Justice Department, and the Civil Rights Movement."

Julian E. Zelizer is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University. A CNN political analyst and a regular guest on NPR, he is the author of many books, including Burning Down the House, The Fierce Urgency of Now, and Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Life of Radical Amazement. Twitter @julianzelizer


Comprehensive, fair-minded--half an American lifetime between two covers and in one fast-paced telling!--David Frum, author of Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic
A forcefully argued analysis of the rifts that divide us and a lively, wide-ranging chronicle of the nation's odyssey from Nixon to Trump.--Bruce J. Schulman, William E. Huntington Professor of History at Boston University and author of The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics
For Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer, Donald Trump is not some singular figure. He is 'the result of trends decades in the making.' Sober, clearly written, and profoundly insightful. This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the forces of the last half century that have brought the country to the brink of disaster.--Eddie S. Glaude Jr., James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University and author of Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul
With commanding knowledge and an eye for the telling detail, Kruse and Zelizer address the pressing historical question of how we arrived in today's polarized America. The answer, they show, is not simple, but they explain its various dimensions in a cogent and fair-minded fashion. A splendid book.--Fredrik Logevall, professor of history and international affairs at Harvard University and author of Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
Fault Lines is an excellent history of U.S. political dysfunction... [with] deep detail and taut-as-a-thriller pacing.--Michaelangelo Matos "Rolling Stone"
Refreshingly frank.--Eric Wakin "New York Times Book Review"
In their new book, Fault Lines, [Kevin M.] Kruse and [Julian E.] Zelizer do an admirable job of creating a narrative out of the chaotic events of the recent past according to the themes of crisis, consolidation, and polarization. Using the post-Vietnam crisis of legitimacy as their jumping-off point, the authors trace the country's current divisive state through various periods of cultural fragmentation.... Kruse and Zelizer have composed the standard work for those teaching courses on the recent American past and the forces of polarization that have produced our contemporary divided public.--L. Benjamin Rolsky "Los Angeles Review of Books"
Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer's Fault Lines is a brilliant primer for understanding the troubling precedents for today's mass American political dysfunction. Both historians are deeply informed and surefooted thinkers. A must-read foundational work for our time!--Douglas Brinkley, history commentator for CNN and author of Cronkite
Fault Lines is a stunning work of the history of our present. An antidote to fake news and historical propaganda. In the age of Trump, Kruse and Zelizer's book sets the record straight. Every major cultural and political division over the past four decades comes to life in these pages, and in the telling we are confronted with the country we have been and the country we might become.--Khalil Gibran Muhammad, professor of history, race, and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and author of The Condemnation of Blackness
Fault Lines is a must-read. Kruse and Zelizer have taken the fragmented histories of a polarized, divided nation and masterfully woven those threads into a tapestry that allows us to see not only what divides but what unites, and that the choice is ours.--Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of White Rage and One Person, No Vote