What Is America?: A Short History of the New World Order Hardcover – Aug 19 2008
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— 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.”
“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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
A well written and well researched book. It will make us all rethink our humanity.Published 20 months ago by robert J Gibson
I found this book to be a very interesting read; giving a solid expression of "What America Is Indeed". Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2012 by Aztec
This book won't change a darned thing, unfortunately, but it outlines how corporatocracy has destroyed democracy. Hey, Americans, you're country isn't what you think it is!Published on Jan. 21 2012 by David Sabine