The American Political Tradition and the Men who Made it

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Vintage Books, 1989 - History - 519 pages
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Biographical portraits of leading American statesmen from Thomas Jefferson to Franklin D. Roosevelt provide insight into the main currents of the nation's political heritage

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User Review  - Tristan - Goodreads

It is a fairly outdated text, but for the context of 1948 it is quite profound. I, however, and quite weary of old white men in history books Read full review

Review: The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It

User Review  - Ezzy - Goodreads

I found it dry, but interesting for pointing out what was terrible about every major political figure in American history. Nobody gets off lightly. In the end, it reads as one-sided as the completely ... Read full review

About the author (1989)

DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University from 1959 until the time of his death, Richard Hofstadter was one of the most influential historians in post--World War II America. His political, social, and intellectual histories raised serious questions about assumptions that had long been taken for granted and cast the American experience in an interesting new light. His 1948 work, The American Political Tradition, is an enduring classic study in political history. His 1955 work, The Age of Reform, which still commands respect among both historians and general readers, won him that year's Pulitzer Prize. A measure of Hofstadter's standing in literary and scholarly circles is the honors he received in 1964 for Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (1963)---Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize of Phi Beta Kappa, and the Sidney Hillman Prize Award. Hofstadter's greatest talent, however, may have been his ability to order complex events and issues and to synthesize from them a rational, constructively critical perspective on American history.

Christopher Lasch (1932 1994) was also the author of "The True and Only Heaven", "The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy", and other books.

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