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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Well written. Irresponsibly broad, but compelling. Some chapters hold up better than others. The chapters on Jefferson, Calhoun, and Wilson are masterpieces. The chapter on Jackson dwelt on Hofstader ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Goodreads

Well written. Irresponsibly broad, but compelling. Some chapters hold up better than others. The chapters on Jefferson, Calhoun, and Wilson are masterpieces. The chapter on Jackson dwelt on Hofstader ... Read full review

Contents

An Age of Realism
13
The Aristocrat as Democrat 23
22
Andrew Iackson and the Rise
58
The Marx of the Master Class
87
Abraham Lincoln and the SelfMade Myth 119
120
The Patrician as Agitator 175
176
An Age of Cynicism
211
The Conservative as Liberal 307
306
Herbert Hoover and the Crisis
366
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 457
458
INDEX
493
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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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