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William H. Goetzmann presses two conclusions throughout Beyond the Revolution: A History of American Thought from Paine to Pragmatism.  First, your pride in eighteenth and nineteenth century America is misplaced.  Everything achieved was either flawed, derivative, or just plain accidental.  Second, our nation would be better named The States of America because a true Union “never really existed.”

Very much like a semester’s lectures, some chapters are stronger than others that barely limp to their conclusion.  There are nineteen chapters but my recommendation is to read the first ten, then pass the book on.  It is better read as a collection of essays than a unified book.  Charles Marlin

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