From writer and political analyst Jared Yates Sexton comes a journey through the history of the United States, from the nation's founding to the twenty-first century, which examines and debunks the American myths we've always told ourselves.
Readers looking for consolation and a plan for a more just and equitable future will not find it here. Recommended primarily for those concerned by the tone and direction of American politics and seeking a better understanding of the question on which the book is framed: 'How did we get here?'
A contrarian history of the U.S. dismissing notions of exceptionalism and triumphalism ... A 'chronicle of oppression' that makes a rousing counter to the usual celebratory narratives of the American past.
Sexton...a professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern University, exposes the myth of American exceptionalism in this searing account ... Sexton’s survey of American political history is taut and tart, but his prescriptions for recapturing the better angels of the American spirit and renewing faith in science and reason gloss over the heavy lifting involved. Still, this is an unflinching and well-crafted takedown of the nationalist rhetoric that fueled Trump’s rise.