Hughes' book is extremely thorough, well-researched and should stand up to the most critical academic rigor.
This is not an entirely bad development, Hughes believes, for at its best it calls Americans to adhere to Judeo-Christian virtues.
They believed that God had chosen them to "love brotherly without dissimulation" and to "bear one another's burdens."
It is important to note this was written for academics and, while useful, can be a bit repetitive, making for difficult, slow reading. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Heather Donnelly
This book is for a lay person and an academic. It presents a unique point/counter-point as to the origin of major American national myths, their evolution and impact and,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Charles N. Jamison, Jr.
Richard Hughes brings a refreshing mix of American History and the Christian faith that contrasts American ideals that often conflict with biblical teachings. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mike Barker
Hughes has done a great service in this presentation of the various myths that have driven the United States of America, and shown how they have been a benefit to the progrss of... Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by Rev. Daniel J. Zehnal
This is an excellent and very readable report on a very timely and important subject. But don't read it if you're determined to live with your illusions about this country. Read morePublished on May 12, 2010 by P. Schroeder
Richard Hughes's seminal book can be roughly described as exploding the myths in the American national subconscious, but this does not do the book justice. Read morePublished on June 4, 2009 by Norman
I read this book trying to understand how American feel they are entitled to destroy people who are weaker. Read morePublished on January 15, 2009 by john of art
In the footsteps of Robert Bellah's The Broken Covenant, once again a book exploring the American Civil Religion surfaces at a time of "crisis" in American affairs. Read morePublished on April 29, 2007 by M. C. Andwood
Richard Hughes' book, Myths America Lives By, explores the corruption of America's founding myths, giving a voice to the minorities who suffer when America "absolutizes" the myths... Read morePublished on April 17, 2007 by A. Harris