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What Is America?

What Is America?: A Short History of the New World Order

Ronald Wright

From the bestselling author of A Short History of Progress, a surprising, stimulating and essential analysis of our troubled age.

The American way has Americanised the globe. The United States is an empire whose deeds could make or break this century. But why are its great achievements—in democracy, prosperity, and civil rights—often at risk from sinister forces within?

The United States regards itself as the most advanced country on earth, but Wright reveals how it is also deeply archaic, a stronghold of religious extremism, militarism and the delusion of endless growth.

Brimming with insight into history and human behaviour, What Is America? is a passionate look at the world’s most influential and contradictory nation.

Ronald Wright
About the Author

Ronald Wright is an award-winning writer and historian. His first novel, A Scientific Romance, won the 1997 David Higham Prize for Fiction and was a Globe & Mail, Sunday Times and New York Times Book of the Year. His non-fiction includes the bestseller Stolen Continents. He lives in British Columbia.

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384 pp
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1 September 2008
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Praise for Ronald Wright
andWhat Is America?

‘Ronald Wright is an historical philosopher with a profound understanding of other cultures.’