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Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Americans cherish their national myths, some of which predate the country’s founding. But the time for illusions, nostalgia, and grand ambition abroad has gone by, Patrick Smith observes in this original book. Americans are now faced with a choice between a mythical idea of themselves, their nation, and their global “mission,” on the one hand, and on the other an idea of ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 27th 2013 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Peter Mcloughlin
This book does not go into facts of the matter but sensibilities and zeit geist. It is a collection of essays arguing that Americans are in thrall of mythology. It does not argue that we are necessarily in decline but that our situation has changed and we should discard our mythology of exceptionalism, of being a chosen people of god, of a country on a mission and get down to true history instead of stories we like to tell ourselves. It picks out three key moments when myth ruled the 1890s the ...more
Goatboy
Nov 29, 2015 Goatboy rated it it was amazing
I cannot think of a more timely book.
Wonderful intersection of political critique, anthropology, and history.
If we want to face forward into history and the 21st century we should take head of what Patrick Smith has so eloquently described as to our our country's self-held mythologies.
Debby Hallett
Jan 03, 2014 Debby Hallett rated it it was amazing
A very important and insightful topic, that could have used a more coherent and well-edited prose. I found some passages unintelligible. Eg. "Everything ... seemed validated for its aspect of reiteration."

I wish the ideas had been presented more succinctly and the whole book had a better flow.

I usually rate books that change my thinking as 5 stars. This was definitely that. If I were rating only the quality of the book (separate from its impact), I'd give it three.

If the notion that America's
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C. Scott
Jun 08, 2015 C. Scott rated it liked it
This book was not at all what I expected. I have become a great fan of Patrick Smith's columns on Salon about the Ukraine crisis over the last year. He is incredibly insightful in his critiques of US foreign policy. This book is not that.

Instead this book is a much bigger, loftier and philosophical criticism of the US and its own self-image. I didn't give this book a higher rating because I was expecting something much different. That's my fault, I was in the wrong head space for this. This book
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