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The American Revelation: Ten Ideals That Shaped Our Country from the Puritans to the Cold War

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In The American Revelation, Neil Baldwin, one of our most exciting and provocative intellectual historians, applies his formidable energies to the story of how the American Spirit developed over four centuries, through an inspiring--and unsparing--examination of selected ideals that have helped inform our culture through the vivid personalities who set the course.

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Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 11th 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2005)
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Books about national character, values, spirit, and identity are always tricky, so Neal Baldwin avoids over-simplifying this study of American ideals by admitting at the outset that it is a representative study, not a comprehensive study.

His representatives, many born overseas, capture well the diversity and eclecticism of the American experience.

John Winthrop, Tom Paine, Pierre Eugene Du Simitiere (he put E Pluribus Unum on the national seal), and Israel Zangwill (author of The Melting Pot, a
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Jan 02, 2016 Stuart rated it really liked it
Baldwin's approach to explaining American history and ideals is unconventional but useful and interesting. He writes about the lives and writings of ten persons who were leaders in defining American thought. None were elected officials; only a few are mentioned in school textbooks; but each explained and promoted some ideal critical to the development of America. John Winthrop, Thomas Paine, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Israel Zangwill, George Marshall, and others. Although the book is organized chronol ...more
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I have not started this yet. I am hoping it is not going to be like William Bennet or something.

edited to add: I didn't even start this. It just felt boring.
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