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Against this backdrop, Our American Story features leading thinkers from across the political spectrum—Jim Banks, Pulitzer Prize–winner David W. Blight, Spencer P. Boyer, Eleanor Clift, John C. Danforth, Cody Delistraty, Richard A. Epstein, Nikolas Gvosdev, Cherie Harder, Jason Kuznicki, Gerard N. Magliocca, Markos Moulitsas, Ilya Somin, Cass R. Sunstein, Alan Taylor, James V. Wertsch, Gordon S. Wood, and Ali Wyne. Each draws on expertise within their respective fields of history, law, politics, and public policy to contribute a unique perspective about the American story. This collection explores whether a unifying story can be achieved and, if so, what that story could be. Purchase the audio edition.
“America is a story with a country, even more than it is a country with a story. Can we come together around a defining narrative or make our multiple narratives cohere? This thoughtful, diverse, and often impassioned collection—featuring a distinguished cast of theorists, historians, and politicians—offers something much better than pat answers: scholarly insight, personal wisdom, and an embodiment of America’s questing spirit.”—Jonathan Rauch, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution
“At a time of increasing political, racial, and regional tribalism, with Americans finding it difficult to relate to one another, Our American Story admirably seeks a common story.”—James Kirchick, author of The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age
“If you are confused or, like me, fearful about what is happening to the United States, please read this book. It is calming and clarifying—we have been here before. Most importantly, it is an essential step toward addressing our problems. National narratives are powerful, and in this enlightening book, scholars from many fields will help you understand the conflicting narratives that influence our political thinking and behavior today.”—Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at the New York University Stern School of Business