America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism by Anatol Lieven | 9780007164615 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism

America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism

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by Anatol Lieven
     
 

ISBN-10: 0007164610

ISBN-13: 9780007164615

Pub. Date: 11/07/2005

Publisher: Gardners Books

In this controversial critique of American political culture and its historical roots, Anatol Lieven contends that U.S. foreign policy since 9/11 has been shaped by the special character of our nationalism. Within that nationalism, Lieven analyses two very different traditions. One is the "American thesis," a civic nationalism based on the democratic

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In this controversial critique of American political culture and its historical roots, Anatol Lieven contends that U.S. foreign policy since 9/11 has been shaped by the special character of our nationalism. Within that nationalism, Lieven analyses two very different traditions. One is the "American thesis," a civic nationalism based on the democratic values of what has been called the "American Creed." These values are held to be universal, and anyone can become an American by adopting them. The other tradition, the "American antithesis" is a populist and often chauvinist nationalism, which tends to see America as a closed national culture and civilization threatened by a hostile and barbarous outside world.
With America Right or Wrong, Lieven examines how these two antithetical impulses have played out in U.S. responses to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and in the nature of U.S. support for Israel. This hard-hitting critique directs a spotlight on the American political soul and on the curious mixture of chauvinism and idealism that has driven the Bush administration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007164615
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
11/07/2005

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