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How We Invented Freedom & Why It Matters Paperback – April 9, 2015
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- ASIN : 1781857563
- Publisher : Head Of Zeus (April 9, 2015)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 9781781857564
- ISBN-13 : 978-1781857564
- Item Weight : 9.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.08 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
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His clear explanation of the civic rather than ethnic reality underpinning our exceptionalism reveals the true nature of our culture, and why we need to look back with pride rather than with guilt.
It could not come at a better time. Many of our institutions, universities and media outlets are infected with an attitude that places our nation, people and values last. They are eager to ally with those who oppose U.S. rather than recognise the extraordinary impact we have had on the freedom, living standards and happiness of billions globally.
This book should be a "must read" for students, politicians, public servants and teachers throughout our society.
Brilliantly easy to read also.
I don't give the fifth star because I feel the independence of India and black african countries deserves deeper evaluation.
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The reader cannot help but be struck by how much more we have in common with the Anglosphere than the European continent. Although Hannan does not mention it directly, it is easy to see why Europhiles have never been able to justify a European identity and have frequently fallen back on antagonism to the Anglosphere, defining Europe not by what binds it but by what it hates.
I have only 2 criticisms of the book. First, there are no references or lists of sources. Second, Hannan desperately tries to avoid presenting the Anglosphere in terms of a common ancestry, preferring to focus on history, culture, values and institutions. This makes his discussion of Obama difficult, as he rightly points out that Obama is anti-Anglosphere. Hannan seems reluctant to draw the obvious conclusion that if you replace peoples of British descent with international populations then the culture, values and institutions of the Anglosphere will decline.
These quibbles aside, this is a very good explanation of why people of British descent have been so successful.