The Myth of American Exceptionalism by Godfrey Hodgson

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The idea that the United States is destined to spread its unique gifts of democracy and capitalism to other countries is dangerous for Americans and for the rest of the world, warns Godfrey Hodgson in this provocative book. Hodgson, a shrewd and highly respected British commentator, argues that America is not as exceptional as it would like to think; its blindness to its own history has bred a complacent nationalism and a disastrous foreign policy that has isolated and alienated it from the global community.

Tracing the development of America’s high self regard from the early days of the republic to the present era, Hodgson demonstrates how its exceptionalism has been systematically exaggerated and—in recent decades—corrupted. While there have been distinct and original elements in America’s history and political philosophy, notes Hodgson, these have always been more heavily influenced by European thought and experience than Americans have been willing to acknowledge.

A stimulating and timely assessment of how America’s belief in its exceptionalism has led it astray, this book is mandatory reading for its citizens, admirers, and detractors.

 

About Godfrey Hodgson

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Godfrey Hodgson is a Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford. He lives in Oxfordshire, UK.
 
Published January 27, 2009 by Yale University Press. 240 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Working Americans lost out to their corporate masters and the unregulated financial engineers of Wall Street even as capitalism took “its place on the podium as an aspect of American exceptionalism almost equal with democracy.” The culture wars saw the rise of a new Christian right intent on defe...

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Working Americans lost out to their corporate masters and the unregulated financial engineers of Wall Street even as capitalism took “its place on the podium as an aspect of American exceptionalism almost equal with democracy.” The culture wars saw the rise of a new Christian right intent on defe...

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The Pilgrims endured ""the starving time,"" and had to secretly bury bodies ""so the Indians should not suspect how much the settlement was weakened."" Hodgson follows the evolution of Thanksgiving into contemporary times, chronicling the rise of football as a Thanksgiving tradition, ""almost as ...

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Clive Crook - Clive Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and a columnist for Bloomberg View.

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