H. W. Brands entitled his book “American Dreams.” He deals with the time period from 1945 to the present. What he attempts to show is how the American Dream has changed over time. He writes, “The dreams of 1945 had been collectively ambitious but individually modest; those of 2010 were collectively modest but individually ambitious.” Americans use to focus on winning the Cold War or putting a man on the moon. Now, they focus on getting a big house or a luxury car. I thought Brands did a poor job of explaining how the events described in his book affected the change in focus of the American Dream. He didn’t seem to connect the facts to his thesis. It was an interesting book because it provided a broad, albeit shallow, look at 65 years of American history. But, I would have liked to have seen the thesis developed a little more.

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