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What Is America?: A Short History of the New World Order Hardcover – Aug 19 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada; 1st Edition edition (Aug. 19 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0676979823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0676979824
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.1 x 21.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #259,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Brilliant.”
The Walrus

“A broad synthesis buoyed by its compact, fluid prose, this account is also noteworthy for its extensive footnotes, which document but also invite readers to delve deeper.”
Booklist

“Provocative, well-argued and raises important questions.”
The Globe and Mail

“A devastating and brilliant critique.”
Winnipeg Free Press

“Eloquently impertinent and persuasive”
Toronto Star

“Wright’s contribution feels like a voice added to a gathering zeitgeist, an accounting of past mistakes and transgressions that allows room for the possibility of better days ahead.”
The Gazette

About the Author

Ronald Wright is an award-winning novelist, historian and essayist. His last book, the 2004 Massey Lecture, A Short History of Progress, won the CBA Libris Award for Non-Fiction Book of the Year and has been published worldwide.

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"The Columbian Age [the Age that occurred after Christopher Columbus discovered America] was built on colonial attitudes: on taming the wilderness, civilizing the savage, and the American dream of endless plenty. Now there is nothing left to colonize...Mankind will either share [this planet] or fight over it--a war nobody can win...[The United States of] America...must now examine its own record--the facts, not the myths--and free itself from the potent but potentially fatal mix of forces that created its nation, its empire, and the modern world."

The above is the very last paragraph of this eye-opening and riveting book by award-winning novelist, historian, author, and essayist Ronald Wright.

This book's primary purpose is to understand the rise of the United States from small colony to world's lone superpower in the span of only two centuries. By delving deep into history, Wright is indeed able to, as the above quotation states, separate fact from myth.

Interpretive history is also included. That is, the author is able to draw parallels from events of the past and apply them to today's events. The result is a coherent and insightful historical analysis of the United States, an analysis that some people may find difficult to read.

What I especially enjoyed about this book is that it contains the actual writings of those from the past. Some of these writings may be distressing to some readers.

Each chapter begins with a few profound quotations from others. My favourite:

"The real war has been to keep alive the light of civilization everywhere...The end of the world begins not with the barbarians of the gate, but with the barbarians at the highest levels of state.
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In this book, Wright isolates some basic characteristics of Americans and backs these up with incredible quotations and examples from his extensive research. He also succeeds in explaining the huge influence that the American continents have had on contemporary life, starting from the very advanced American civilizations that existed before Europeans "discovered" the Americas.

Wright examines not only where we've come from but also where we might be going. While his conclusions about the United States are somewhat depressing, there is some room for hope, and Wright outlines these at the end of the book.

This is the best analysis of the character of the United States that I've read and certainly the best work of non-fiction I've read in some time. It deserves to be an international best seller.
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I have read most of Wright's work up to now. It would be wonderful if someone in television could make this book into a mini-series as it contains information that everyone should know.
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I have enjoyed the book and recommended it to many as well as lent it to others. I purchased this book after hearing his 2004 Massey Lectures, a 5 part series collectively entitled "A Short History of Progress". I also recommend that book "A Short History of Progress".
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Ronald Wright is an English-born Canadian professor and writer who takes a definitive look at (a) how "progress" has created problems that are endangering human survival. (b) How the USA became a militaristic empire, starting with the Puritans.
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