America, Empire of Liberty

America, Empire of Liberty

A New History of the United States

Paperback - 2009
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Thomas Jefferson envisioned the United States as a great "empire of liberty." In this single-volume history of the United States, David Reynolds takes Jefferson's phrase as a key to the American saga. He examines how the anti-empire of 1776 became the greatest superpower the world has seen and asks difficult questions about the cost of American greatness, from slavery to the War on Terror. Written with verve, insight, and humor, America, Empire of Liberty is a magisterial depiction of America in all its grandeur and contradictions.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780465022144
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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