By Michæl Zuckerman

Few historians are daring sufficient to move after America's sacred cows of their own pastures. yet Michael Zuckerman isn't any usual historian, and this choice of his essays isn't any usual book.

In his attempt to remake the which means of the yank culture, Zuckerman takes the total sweep of yankee historical past for his province. The essays during this assortment, together with by no means ahead of released and a brand new autobiographical advent, variety from early New England settlements to the hallowed corridors of recent Washington. between his matters are Puritans and Southern gentry, Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Spock, P. T. Barnum and Ronald Reagan. gathering scammers and scoundrels, racists and rebels, in addition to the purest genius, he writes to catch the unadorned American character.

Recognized for his power, eloquence, and iconoclasm, Zuckerman is understood for provoking—and occasionally virtually seducing—historians into rethinking their such a lot adored assumptions concerning the American prior. Now his many enthusiasts, and readers of each persuasion, can newly get pleasure from the distinct abilities of 1 of America's strongest social critics.

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