978-0-393-32254-5 / 9780393322545

It Didn't Happen Here: Why Socialism Failed in the United States (Norton Paperback)


Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company



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"[T]his impressive work...offers paths toward new and rich understandings of American history."The New York Times Book Review

Why socialism has failed to play a significant role in the United Statesthe most developed capitalist industrial society and hence, ostensibly, fertile ground for socialismhas been a critical question of American history and political development. Seymour Martin Lipset and Gary Marks "survey with subtlety and shrewd judgment the various explanations" (Wall Street Journal) for this phenomenon of American political exceptionalism. "Clearly written, intelligent, filled with new information" (Times Literary Supplement), this "splendidly convincing" (Michael Kazin, Georgetown University) work eschews conventional arguments about socialism's demise to present a fuller understanding of how multiple factorspolitical structure, American values, immigration, and the split between the Socialist party and mainstream unionscombined to seal socialism's fate. "In peak form, two master political sociologists offer a must-read synthesis."Theda Skocpol, Harvard University

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