For much of the twentieth century, the US was a standard of the good life, for perfectly explicable reasons. In a war-torn, class-ridden, poverty-stricken and undemocratic world, America was distinctive for peace, class mobility, wealth and the absence of mass terror. This transcendent position reached its height in the period immediately after the Second World War. The vibrant role of the US in the interwar period in the forms of culture characteristic of the twentieth century — cinema, popular music and jazz — was now supplemented by overwhelming military, political and economic predominance.
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