Age of fracture is an extraordinary book an engrossing story of the new age of markets a new kind of history of ideas traversing the frontiers between intellectual political and public words and a brilliant explanation of contemporary public life. Age of fracture is a 2011 history book about the disintegration of shared values in american social debate around the 1980s it was written by daniel t rodgers and published by belknap press it won the 2012 bancroft prize further reading boyer paul s july 2012. Age of fracture offers a powerful reinterpretation of the ways in which the decades surrounding the 1980s changed america through a contagion of visions and metaphors on both the intellectual right and the intellectual left earlier notions of history and society that stressed solidity collective institutions and social circumstances gave . Summarizing an age of fracture this week i had the opportunity to lead my graduate seminar colleagues in a discussion of daniel rodgerss age of fracture the seminar covers 20th century us history and most of our readings which have been excellent have come from social and cultural history. Age of fracture is the story of an era in us history when ideas of all sorts cracked and in their fracture remade the frames of common sense between the mid 1970s and the end of the century many of the assumptions that had dominated mid twentieth century american public life were transformed
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