Diners, Bowling Alleys and Trailer Parks
Chasing the American Dream in the Postwar Consumer Culture
By (author) Andrew Hurley
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Diners, Bowling Alleys and Trailer Parks by Andrew Hurley
Book DescriptionThe years immediately following the Second World War witnessed a dramatic transformation of America's working-class suburbs, driven by an unprecedented post-war prosperity and a burgeoning consumer culture. Chrome and neon were the new currency in this newly vital consumer culture, and no post-war consumer products trafficked more heavily in this currency than diners, bowling alleys, and trailer parks. Through these three distinctively American institutions, Andrew Hurley examines the struggle of Americans with modest means to attain the good life after two long decades of depression and war. He tells the story of the humble origins, explosive growth, and gradual, sad decline of the diner, bowling alley, and trailer park in expert fashion. This is cultural and social history that knows how to entertain.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465031870
(202mm x 127mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 17-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Andrew Hurley
Andrew Hurley is Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
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