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Death of a Nation: American Culture and the End of Exceptionalism (Critical American Studies) Hardcover – December 2, 2002

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Noble is professor of history and American studies at the University of Minnesota. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Critical American Studies
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (December 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816640807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816640805
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,990,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
In Death of a Nation, David Noble examines America's frequently-shifting foundational myths. This book offers an analysis of the ways in which artists, writers, and historians participated in building and changing American Exceptionalism, from the early national landscape themes, through what Noble repeatedly refers to as "bourgeois nationalism" to the present "international marketplace."
Noble tracks the rises, falls, and mid-life ideological conversions of prominent American historians, literary scholars, and artists. Many of his subjects are people he has personally known during his long career at the University of Minnesota, so the conversion stories are frequently quite vivid. Along the way, Noble's anecdotes about his colleagues highlight trends in thinking that contributed to America's changing foreign policy and domestic policy, as well as shifts in pop culture.
Death of a Nation is certainly a must-read for students of American Studies/American Civilization programs, or anyone who is curious about why America has become what it is today. Great insights.
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