Behold, America

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History rarely starts when we think it did, and it never seems to end when we think it should. Nor does it tend to say what we think it will. The phrases ‘American dream’ and ‘America first’ were born almost exactly a century ago – and almost instantly tangled over capitalism, democracy and race. Few phrases have done more to shape America’s political and cultural reality, but today, they are used without the knowledge of what they originally stood for. We’re all asking questions about the present, but there are far more surprising and helpful answers to be found in the past. This book recounts the unknown history of these two expressions using the voices that appeared in regional and national newspapers, magazines, books and speeches in the first half of the 20th century.

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Weight0.269 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 2.5 cm
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Paperback

Pages

xiii, 356

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

973.9 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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SELECTED AS A 2018 SUMMER READ BY THE SUNDAY TIMES, OBSERVER, I-PAPER AND THE BIG ISSUE‘Enormously entertaining’ SUNDAY TIMES‘Fascinating’ NEW STATESMAN‘Excoriating, brilliant’ ALI SMITH‘Enthralling’ GUARDIAN‘My number one contributor when it comes to US politics’ DAN SNOW‘The American dream is dead,’ Donald Trump said when announcing his candidacy for president in 2015. How would he revive it? By putting ‘America First’. The ‘American Dream’ and ‘America First’ are two of the most loaded phrases in America today – and also two of the most misunderstood. As divides within America widen, Sarah Churchwell looks to the past to reveal what the surprising history of these two phrases can tell us about today.

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Weight0.269 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 2.5 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

xiii, 356

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

973.9 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K