America, Empire of Liberty

America, Empire of Liberty

A New History of the United States

Paperback - 2009
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It was Thomas Jefferson who envisioned the United States as a great "empire of liberty." This paradoxical phrase may be the key to the American saga: How could the anti-empire of 1776 became the world's greatest superpower? And how did the country that offered unmatched liberty nevertheless found its prosperity on slavery and the dispossession of Native Americans?

In this new single-volume history spanning the entire course of US history--from 1776 through the election of Barack Obama--prize-winning historian David Reynolds explains how tensions between empire and liberty have often been resolved by faith--both the evangelical Protestantism that has energized American politics for centuries and the larger faith in American righteousness that has driven the country's expansion.

Written with verve and insight, Empire of Liberty brilliantly depicts America in all of its many contradictions.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780465015009
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Jan 14, 2014

A disappointing book. Leaves out so much, including some basic information on states, even as it stops to give personal details about minor figures. He takes his text right up to 2009, the year this was published, yet does little but throw in his personal (and unsubstantiated in the book) political judgements about recent politicians. There are much better histories of the US available, including from people who might share his basic political world view.


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