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By Ira Katznelson

“A robust argument, swept alongside by way of Katznelson’s strong prose and the implementing scholarship that lies in the back of it.”—Kevin Boyle, New York instances publication Review

A paintings that “deeply reconceptualizes the hot Deal and increases numerous provocative questions” (David Kennedy), Fear Itself adjustments the floor ideas for our knowing of this pivotal period in American historical past. Ira Katznelson examines the recent Deal during the lens of a pervasive, virtually existential worry that gripped an international outlined through the cave in of capitalism and the increase of competing dictatorships, in addition to an apprehension created by way of the ruinous racial divisions in American society. Katznelson argues that American democracy used to be either kept and distorted by way of a Faustian collaboration that guarded racial segregation because it outfitted a brand new nationwide nation to regulate capitalism and assert worldwide energy. worry Itself charts the production of the trendy American country and “how a trust within the universal stable gave approach to a imperative executive ruled via interest-group politics and passionate about nationwide protection” (Louis Menand, The New Yorker).

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