The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made it

The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made it

by Richard Hofstadter
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The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made it by Richard Hofstadter

The American Political Tradition is one of the most influential and widely read historical volumes of our time. First published in 1948, its elegance, passion, and iconoclastic erudition laid the groundwork for a totally new understanding of the American past. By writing a "kind of intellectual history of the assumptions behind American politics," Richard Hofstadter changed the way Americans understand the relationship between power and ideas in their national experience. Like only a handful of American historians before him—Frederick Jackson Turner and Charles A. Beard are examples—Hofstadter was able to articulate, in a single work, a historical vision that inspired and shaped an entire generation.

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ISBN-13: 9780307809667
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/21/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 1,163,995
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Born in 1916, Richard Hofstadter was one of the leading American historians and public intellectuals of the twentieth century. His works include The Age of ReformAnti-intellectualism in American LifeSocial Darwinism in American Thought, 1860-1915The American Political Tradition, and others. He died in 1970.

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The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Advanced Placement United States History class has to read this book as part of the curriculum. While it is a good discussion piece there, I can¿t imagine talking about it anywhere other than in a classroom. Frankly, I found it to be quite boring. While APT did have its moments here and there, I (and a dozen other people in my class) was literally falling asleep on the pages. Moreover, Hofstadter seems particularly biased on everything he writes about. Although every book has at least some bias, even if only the smallest amount, I think Hofstadter went a little too personal with APT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Extremely well-written, APT is both engaging and informative. Profiles of the key personalities are linked to events as Hofstadter provides both anecdotal and general histories of the country's pivotal eras. Verily the best general US history book for scholars and history buffs alike, as well as a classic in its own right. A good review for the AP exam, as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My sixth grade teacher had us all read this excellent and informative work. The breadth and depth of the American experience is adequately covered here. There are a few drawbacks, notably Hofstander's literary bias on what the 'political tradition' of America is. Still, a great work
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 8th grade history teacher told me to read APT and I did over the summer... It has so much information that I will have to go back and read the whole book again (as well as take notes.) I have learned alot from the book and I believe it to be excellent and well written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is very insightful about many opinions made during the American upbringing. As a sophomore in high school, my teacher made us ready many lengthy books like this from Boorstin and Beard. I think with this book you can present many essay debates and class discussions