Books by David Farber

Released: May 3, 2013

"A thoroughly researched book that will appeal mostly to a scholarly rather than general audience."
A comprehensive but unfortunately arid biography of John Jacob Raskob (1879-1950), whom Farber (History/Temple Univ.; The Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism: A Short History, 2010, etc.) depicts as a progenitor of modern capitalism. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

A brief, valuable look at the tensions that shaped the 60's, and the cultural and political movements that grew out of them. Farber (History/Barnard; Chicago '68, 1988) covers the period's major issues—the rise of the middle class, the Cold War, the struggles for civil and sexual rights and equality, and the increasing strength of the ``national security apparatus''—with admirable economy, and touches on all of the period's most crucial events. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 25, 1993

Thoughtful, low-key survey of WW II Hawaii—the ``first strange place'' for almost a million US soldiers, sailors, and Marines. After an obligatory Day of Infamy prologue, Bailey and Farber (both American History/Barnard College) take a look at pre-WW II America, an innocent and provincial nation not yet homogenized by TV or hardened by modern war, and one in which future soldiers from Kansas, Georgia, and New York could barely understand one other. Read full book review >