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"The rejection of hindsight, with the insistence on trying to see events from the point of view of the participants, was a governing theme with Potter. . . . This sounds like a truism. Watching him apply it however, is a revelation."—Walter Clemons, Newsweek
"The best short book on national character I have seen . . . broadly based, closely reasoned, and lucidly written."—Karl W. Deutsch, Yale Review
Posted November 14, 2003
People of Plenty is the result of Historian David Potter's desire to better understand the American character through an analysis of our social, political, and economic experiences. Using sound research and powerful historical analysis, Potter forcefully argues that American freedom is more the result of massive product and food surpluses relatively to small populations, when compared to 2nd and 3rd world countries, than it is the blossom of liberal ideological thought. The first half of the book, which deal with Potter thoughts about the American character is somewhat interesting, but Potter's writings in the 2nd half of his history, about the 'institution' of advertising and 'surplus' as a powerful force in shaping the American character, are nothing short of brilliant.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.