Paul Johnson, whose previous works include the distinguished
Modern Times and
A History of the Jews,
has produced an epic that spans the history of the American people over
the past 400 years. The prolific narrative covers every aspect of U.S.
history, from science, customs, religion, and politics to the
individual men and women who have helped shape the nation. His
detailed, provocative examinations of political and social icons, from
Lyndon Johnson to Norman Rockwell, are especially strong. Johnson's
text is intelligent and rich with detail, and yet extremely accessible
for anyone interested in a reinterpretive analysis of America's past.
What makes this book unique is Johnson's approach to this
self-professed Herculean task. The prevalent tone throughout is
optimism. Whether he's discussing race relations, industrialization,
the history of women, immigrants, Vietnam, or political correctness,
Johnson--a staunch conservative who was born, bred, and educated in
England--is openly enamored with America's past, particularly the
hardships and tribulations that the nation has had to overcome. He sees
this story as a series of important lessons, not just for Americans but
for the whole of mankind as well. At a time when other contemporary
scholars find it easier to bemoan the past, Johnson offers the reader
"a compelling antidote to those who regard the future with pessimism."
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