Book Review: The American Spirit

History Present

The American Spirit

David McCollough, The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For. (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2017).

Defining “The” American Spirit is a challenging proposition given America’s current division. History has been weaponized in support of political positions. Many in the academy have fostered social division to further a political philosophy. With little remnant of a common history remaining we stand at a critical juncture. Is there a common history in which we can rediscover “the” American spirit? If so, can that history heal our present fracture and nurture a promising future? A definition that brings us together, that drives us to our better nature. Few historians have the necessary cache to take on such a challenge. David McCollough is one of only a few historians with enough courage to take on that challenge. He is also one of a few with enough respect for his definition…

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Author: Lisa the Infidel

I am an #Infidel - born and bred North Carolina.

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