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National Lies by Charles Churchyard
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Oct 09, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: history, politics-economics, religion, american-studies
Read from October 09, 2010 to October 10, 2017

An ambitious project from a non-academic; reads like a screed that could have been written in the 50s or earlier (though with applications from the more recent era of American history). The author touts Panglossianism (unbridled optimism in face of adversity) coupled with significant tendencies toward conformity as the basis of American character, work, and progress.

The earlier parts of the book, including those segments relating to class consciousness, read much more effectively than the last 2 or 3 chapters, which turn into a polemic against multiculturalism and leftist values in the last 20-30 years.

Wonder what an update of this text would read like in the year 2017!

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