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This review is from: America as Second Creation: Technology and Narratives of New Beginnings (Paperback)
This book is great if you are interested in the history of Americans feeling entitled to everything. Through the use of several historical narratives, the author outlines how manifest destiny was justified and continually affirmed by stories that abandon scarcity and preservation for faith in natural abundance. Nye takes the approach of telling the mainstream foudation story, such as the story of the axe and the mill from the perspective of the settlers/mainstream Americans, and in the following chapter gives the perspective of those not in the mainstream (such as the Native Americans and environmentalists). This approach to writing gives the book a Zinn-like quality; and may have been written in this way to piggy-back on the popularity of "A People's History of the United States," which was originally released in 1980, and enjoyed a popular resurgence in 2003. I enjoyed this book greatly.