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Being America: Liberty, Commerce, and Violence in an American World

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Having risen to national attention with his first book, For Common Things, Jedediah Purdy now cements his claim to being one of the most arresting public intellectuals of his generation. In Being America, Purdy turns his erudition and unique perspective to America’s relationship with a world that both admires and hates it.

Purdy has absorbed insights from people around the
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 10th 2004 by Vintage (first published 2003)
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Shannon Simmons
I thought this book was pretty good. It was thought-provoking and I agreed with a lot of the author's perspectives on liberty and violence. I wish there had been more stories of people he met traveling abroad - I thought those were the most interest parts, so I liked the beginning of the book better than the end, which seemed less cohesive and more like his rambling on certain topics. Overall I thought the book was uneven but worth reading.
noisy penguin
This book has a similar message to No Logo. It's really interesting and very well researched, but my one complaint is long sentences. Long sentence after long sentence. Entire paragraphs that last over a page that are all one sentence. My pretty little brain kept getting muddled in the middle of them.
Dave Peticolas
How does the rest of the world see the USA and how do we see ourselves? And what does that mean for the future? Through interviews and analysis Purdy thoughtfully explores these themes.
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