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message 1: by Bryan (new)

Bryan "the complexities of the great struggle for America's soul"??? have to be joking...the nation of superficiality, soullessness and which believes life owes it a living!!!!

message 2: by Mary (new)

Mary Great review - I'd heard of this book elsewhere recently. Definitely will be looking for it soon.

message 3: by Laura (new)

Laura White Hello - I totally agree with your sentiment that you felt short-changed in your school studies in American History. I, too, did not learn much except for the salient names, dates, and causes. Not only that, my studies ended at, I can't remember (!), maybe the end of the 19th century? Not to mention the lack of education when it comes to World History. Yes, we studied the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians, but that's where it ended. The world has changed so much in the 20-something years since I went to college (!), and I feel so far behind other people in the world. Well, I'll just have to pick "Team of Rivals" to re-learn!

message 4: by Kate (new)

Kate Had to smile when I read your comments of history class-- I felt the same way. It especially seemed to me that we'd spend so much of the school year on events up to about 1920 that we'd get to May and then it was "ok, here's the last 50 years of American history in two weeks." Maybe got a paragraph on Vietnam. And Korean War or Cuban missile crisis? If you sneezed in class you missed it... ;)

message 5: by Judy (new)

Judy Excellent review. I think we must have been in the same history class, because all I remember is the emphasis on the military campaigns rather than any deep study of the political and cultural climate that made them necessary.

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