Seizing Destiny by Richard Kluger
How America Grew from Sea to Shining Sea

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Less than 100 years after its creation as a fragile republic, the United States more than quadrupled its size, making it the world's third largest nation. No other country or sovereign power had ever grown so big so fast or become so rich and so powerful.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Kluger chronicles this epic achievement in a compelling narrative, celebrating the energy, daring, and statecraft behind America's insatiable land hunger while exploring the moral lapses that accompanied it. Comprehensive and balanced, Seizing Destiny is a revelatory, often surprising reexamination of the nation's breathless expansion, dwelling on both great accomplishments and the American people's tendency to confuse opportunistic success with heaven-sent entitlement that came to be called manifest destiny.


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About Richard Kluger

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Richard Kluger is the author of Ashes to Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris, which won the Pulitzer Prize. His Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality and The Paper: The Life and Death of the New York Herald Tribune both were finalists for the National Book Award. He is the author or coauthor of eight novels as well. He lives in Northern California. www.richardkluger.com
 
Published August 7, 2007 by Vintage. 649 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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As his slyly sardonic subtitle suggests, Kluger (Ashes to Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris, 1996, etc.) identifies few heroes in a story where even our greatest leaders (all cloaking their acts in the most high-flown rhetor...

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The executive summary of Richard Kluger’s “Seizing Destiny” is a one-page chart at the end of the book, “Principal Acquisitions of Territory by the United States.” The Treaty of Paris (1783) defined a new nation of almost 900,000 square miles.

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When the 13 American colonies won their independence from Britain, they were a thin fringe of settlement clinging to the edge of a vast continent.

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In an admirable and important addition to his distinguished oeuvre, Pulitzer Prize–winner Kluger (Ashes to Ashes, a history of the tobacco wars) focuses on the “darker side” of America's rapid expansion westward.

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William Grimes Critical Summary In Seizing Destiny, Richard Kluger, author of the Supreme Court study Simple Justice (1977) and Ashes to Ashes (1997), a Pulitzer Prize–winning look at the tobacco industry, takes as his subject America’s expansion "from sea to shining sea."

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