In the Shadow of Fear: America and the World in 1950

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Basic Books
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6.1 X 9.3 X 1.6 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author
Nick Bunker won the 2015 George Washington Book Prize with An Empire on the Edge, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History. His other books include Making Haste from Babylon, which was long listed for the UK's Samuel Johnson Prize, and Young Benjamin Franklin.
"A brilliant book, immersing us in the world of the year 1950, when the so-called 'wise men' who were then constructing the America-dominated post‒World War II era were confused fools stumbling in the dark, terrified."
--J. Bradford DeLong, New York Times-bestselling author of Slouching Towards Utopia
"A page-turning narrative, Nick Bunker's In the Shadow of Fear tells the story of America at the peak of its power and yet insecure. With his genius for the telling detail, his insight into personality, and his grasp of the arc of history, Bunker again proves himself a master storyteller."
--Frank Costigliola, author of Kennan: A Life between Worlds
"A vivid look at a pivotal year at the beginning of the Cold War...Great history of a dismal period."
--Kirkus (starred review)
"Only in 1950 did the 1930s reach their true conclusion," argues Nick Bunker in In the Shadow of Fear, his account of a divisive era that rhymes eerily with our own. Bunker charts the months leading up to the Cold War not only through political players but by way of thinkers, films, literature, and feats of industry, pausing his narrative for periodic trips around the globe. He writes always with a keen eye and a graceful pen; this is the rich, original, and immersive story of America at a crossroads."
--Stacy Schiff, New York Times-bestselling author of The Revolutionary
"Based on extensive primary research, this highly readable account highlights these critical months when the U.S. enjoyed its prosperity, and part of the world descended into violence. An important read for those interested in postwar American history, both domestic and abroad."
--Library Journal (starred review)
"An illuminating take on 20th-century American history."
--Publishers Weekly