William Chafe, The Unfinished Journey: America Since World War II (1995)
John Patrick Diggins, The Proud Decades: America in War and Peace, 1941-60 (1988)
Geoffrey Hodgson, America in Our Time (1976).
1.) The Anticommunist Crusade: The politics of anticommunism; social and cultural consequences; anticommunism, at home and abroad, after McCarthy.
David Caute, The Great Fear: The Anti-Communist Purge Under Truman and Eisenhower (1978)
Richard M. Fried, The Russians are coming ! The Russians are coming ! Pageantry and Patriotism in Cold War America (1998)
M. J. Heale, McCarthy’s Americans: Red Scare Politics in State and Nation, 1935-1965 (1998)
Arthur Miller, Timebends (1987)
Ellen Schrecker, The Age of McCarthyism: A Brief History With Documents (2002 edn.)
2.) The Affluent Society: economic growth; social conformity; the culture of consumerism; faultlines from the mid 1960s
Wini Breines, Young, White and Miserable: Growing Up Female in Fifties America (1992)
J. K. Galbraith, The Affluent Society (1984)
Herbert J. Gans, The Levittowners (1967)
Elaine Tyler May, Homeward Bound: American families in the Cold War Era (1990)
William Whyte, The Organisation Man (1956)
3.) Reformers, Dissenters and Revolutionaries: communism in the 1950s; the Beat Generation; Civil Rights, the New Left and the Counterculture; the end of Liberal America.
James Campbell, This is the Beat Generation (1999)
Robert Cook, Sweet Land of Liberty (1997)
Gunter Lewy, The Cause that Failed: Communism in American Political Life (1990)
Allen J. Matusow, The Unraveling of America: A History of Liberalism in the 1960s (1984)
James Miller, Democracy is in the Streets: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago (1987)
David Farber, The Sixties: From Memory to History (1994)
For further reading see the reading lists for AM211 Reform, Revolt and Reaction in the US, 1932-75, and AM401 From McCarthy to Elvis: America in the Fifties, both available online at the department website.