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American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America Paperback – Illustrated, September 25, 2012
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- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Paperback : 384 pages
- Product dimensions : 5.44 x 0.81 x 8.38 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-0143122029
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Illustrated edition (September 25, 2012)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0143122029
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some of his “historical” conclusions were very inaccurate as well. In chapter 26, he implies that the Nazis adopted their prejudicial attitude toward the black population from the Deep South. The fact of the matter is that Hitler’s philosophy was driven and constructed from Darwin (the idea of the survival of the fittest), and Nietzsche’s ideas of the “superman”, “super race”. Those were the drivers of what begat the Holocaust.
Also mentioned were snide comments about evangelical Christianity. The implications in the latter chapters were that evangelicals wanted a “Christian theocracy”, or evangelical “sharia law”. It is obvious that he really doesn’t understand evangelical population at all and would be well served to learn and understand who that segment of the population is.
Again, the last part of the book forced me to give this a one-star rating. I’d love to see the author do more objective research and redo that last part of the book.
Understanding the point of view/world view of people of the various "nations" of North America has helped me to be a bit less reactive in my responses as decisions get made that I think are bonkers. But bonkers because I've come from my nation and they've come from theirs.
Next challenge ... figuring out how to bridge the gap between the nations. That's a biggie.
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One thing the author should have done is better fact checking. While most of the history is factual, there are some glaring errors. For example, the author puts Donegal PA on the Great Wagon Road -- a 115 mile mistake. The Great Wagon Road did not go this far west. Another glaring error is erroneous comparison of the early relationship between the thirteen original states to the relationship of nations in the European Union. The author is way off the mark on this and obviously did not study the way the European Union is set up but just made assumptions.
But, the author's overall goal of elucidating the regional characteristics of the USA is well served.
However, this is a hard recommend and builds upon previous scholarship such as Albion's Seed