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American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication date January 1, 1996
Pages 352
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780393037258
ISBN-10 0393037258
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.60 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $47.00
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A study of American beliefs and how they shape our society notes how the typical citizen's commitment to such ideals as individualism, populism, and egalitarianism has led to ambivalent social practices.
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Is America unique? One of our major political analysts explores the deeply held but often inarticulated beliefs that shape the American creed.

"American values are quite complex," writes Seymour Martin Lipset, "particularly because of paradoxes within our culture that permit pernicious and beneficial social phenomena to arise simultaneously from the same basic beliefs."

Born out of revolution, the United States has always considered itself an exceptional country of citizens unified by an allegiance to a common set of ideals, individualism, anti-statism, populism, and egalitarianism. This ideology, Professor Lipset observes, defines the limits of political debate in the United States and shapes our society.

American Exceptionalism explains why socialism has never taken hold in the United States, why Americans are resistant to absolute quotas as a way to integrate blacks and other minorities, and why American religion and foreign policy have a moralistic, crusading streak.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780393037258 Book cover for 9780735100268
 
1 edition from Replica Books (March 1, 1998); titled "American Exceptionalism: A Double Edged Sword"
9780735100268 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $32.50
About: A major political analyst explores the deeply held but often inarticulated beliefs that make up the American creed.
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from W W Norton & Co Inc (January 1, 1996)
9780393037258 | details & prices | 352 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.60 lbs | List price $47.00
About: A study of American beliefs and how they shape our society notes how the typical citizen's commitment to such ideals as individualism, populism, and egalitarianism has led to ambivalent social practices.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780393316148
 
from W W Norton & Co Inc (April 1, 1997)
9780393316148 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $22.95
About: Is America unique?

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