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America, Empire of Liberty

America, Empire of Liberty

A New History of the United States

A magisterial history of the United States by a prize-winning historian

“The best one-volume history of the United States ever written.”
–Joseph J. Ellis, author of Founding Brothers and The Quartet

Thomas Jefferson envisioned the United States as a great “empire of liberty.” In his riveting single-volume history of the United States, award-winning historian David Reynolds takes Jefferson’s phrase as a key to the American saga. He examines how the anti-empire of 1776 became the greatest superpower the world has seen–and how the country that offered liberty and opportunity on a scale unmatched in Europe nevertheless founded its prosperity on the labor of black slaves and the dispossession of Native Americans. Reynolds also reveals how these tensions between empire and liberty have often been resolved by faith–both the evangelical Protestantism that has energized US politics since the founding of the nation and the larger faith in American righteousness that has impelled the country’s expansion.

Written with verve, insight, and humor, America, Empire of Liberty is a magisterial depiction of America in all its grandeur and contradictions.
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Genre: Nonfiction / History / United States

On Sale: October 6th 2009

Price: $13.99 / $17.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 592

ISBN-13: 9780465020058

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"Let us not mince words...this is the best one-volume history of the United States ever written....[A] remarkable tour of the American past."—Joseph Ellis, The National Interest
"[T]he best single-volume account of the world's greatest society for many years. Even those of us who think we know America well are reminded anew what an awesome place it is."—Max Hastings, Sunday Times (London)
"An entertaining and fair-minded introduction to American history."—Economist
"Tracing the long dialectic between America's virtuous self-image and its sometimes rapacious actions is a mammoth task but one Reynolds carries off well."—Edward Luce, Financial Times
"An evenhanded distillation of America's story from a singular outside observer."—Kirkus
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