America, Empire of Liberty: A New History by David Reynolds

By David Reynolds

It used to be Thomas Jefferson who expected the USA as a superb 'empire of liberty.' within the first new one-volume background in 20 years, David Reynolds takes Jefferson's word as a key to the saga of the USA - assisting unencumber either its grandeur and its paradoxes. He examines how the anti-empire of 1776 grew to become the best superpower the area has obvious, how the rustic that provided liberty and chance on a scale unequalled in Europe however based its prosperity at the labour of black slaves and the dispossession of the local american citizens. He explains how those tensions among empire and liberty have frequently been resolved through religion - either the evangelical Protestantism that has energized U.S. politics because the beginning of the kingdom and the bigger religion in American righteousness that has impelled the country's growth. Reynolds' account is pushed through a compelling argument which illuminates our modern world.

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