The Genius of American Politics

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University of Chicago Press, 1953 - Political Science - 199 pages
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How much of our political tradition can be absorbed and used by other peoples? Daniel Boorstin's answer to this question has been chosen by the Carnegie Corporation of New York for representation in American Panorama as one of the 350 books, old and new, most descriptive of life in the United States. He describes the uniqueness of American thought and explains, after a close look at the American past, why we have not produced and are not likely to produce grand political theories or successful propaganda. He also suggests what our attitudes must be toward ourselves and other countries if we are to preserve our institutions and help others to improve theirs.

". . . a fresh and, on the whole, valid interpretation of American political life."—Reinhold Niebuhr, New Leader
  

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Contents

HOW BELIEF IN THE EXISTENCE OF AN AMERICAN THEORY HAS MADE A THEORY SUPERFLUOUS
9
THE PURITANS FROM PROVIDENCE TO PRIDE
37
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION REVOLUTION WITHOUT DOGMA
67
THE CIVIL WAR AND THE SPIRIT OF COMPROMISE
100
THE MINGLING OF POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS THOUGHT
134
OUR CULTURAL HYPOCHONDRIA AND HOW TO CURE IT
162
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING
192
INDEX
196
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About the author (1953)

Daniel J. Boorstin, the former Librarian of Congress, is the author of The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson and is the editor of An American Primer and the series, The Chicago History of American Civilization.

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