American Exceptionalism by Lipset M Seymour
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American political theorist and sociologist, Seymour Lipset, was born in New York City and educated at City College of New York and Columbia University. Lipset has taught at a number of universities, including the University of Toronto, Columbia University, the University of California at Berkeley, Harvard University, and Stanford University. A senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, he is also a member of the International Society of Political Psychology, the American Political Science Association, and the American Academy of Science. Lipset maintains that contemporary democracy is flawed; nevertheless, he believes that it is still "the good society itself in operation." Applying both political science and sociological approaches to political systems, he supports a trend to replace political ideology with sociological analysis. Among Lipset's many works are "Political Man: The Social Bases of Politics" (1960), "Class, Status, and Power" (1953), and "Revolution and Counterrevolution" (1968). He has also contributed articles to a number of magazines, including The New Republic, Encounter, and Commentary. Lipset has received a number of awards for his work, including the MacIver Award in 1962, the Gunnar Myrdal Prize in 1970, and the Townsend Harris Medal in 1971.
 
Published January 1, 1996 by W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated. 356 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Despite such errors, the book excels in delineating the stormy relationship between American Jews and their Israeli ``cousins.'' One would have to agree with the authors' contention that ``profound institutional consequences for American Jewry have followed from the emergence of the State of Isra...

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Lipset makes an interesting comparison between two ``outlying'' countries: America, with its feeling of ``exceptionalism'' and Japan, with its sense of ``separateness'' In contrast to Japan, Lipset notes, America remains a heterodox, competitive, individualistic society.

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Lipset, professor of public policy at George Mason University, and Raab, director of Brandeis's Perlmutter Institute for Jewish Advocacy, link American Jews' ``tribal cohesion'' to a ``strong sense of communal foreboding'' based on fears of resurgent anti-Semitism, and they argue that Israel's vu...

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In this dense and extravagantly footnoted study, political scientist and Hoover Institute fellow Lipset (The First New Nation) marshals a daunting amount of material to defend an old but often maligned idea--that the United States, as a nation ""born modern,"" without feudal baggage, remains (mos...

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