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The Idea of America by Gordon S. Wood
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Aug 02, 2012

it was amazing
Read from June 18 to July 26, 2012

In many ways this book is an expansion of the ideas and themes Wood presented in his earlier work Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Oxford History of the United States). His last chapter, an essay titled "The American Revolutionary Tradition, or Why America Wants to Spread Democracy Around the World" is must reading for anyone interested in the history and future of "American Exceptionalism".

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