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By David Reynolds

It was once Thomas Jefferson who anticipated the us as an exceptional 'empire of liberty.' within the first new one-volume background in 20 years, David Reynolds takes Jefferson's word as a key to the saga of the USA - aiding liberate either its grandeur and its paradoxes. He examines how the anti-empire of 1776 turned the best superpower the area has visible, how the rustic that provided liberty and chance on a scale unrivaled in Europe however based its prosperity at the labour of black slaves and the dispossession of the local american citizens. He explains how those tensions among empire and liberty have usually been resolved via religion - either the evangelical Protestantism that has energized U.S. politics because the starting place of the state and the bigger religion in American righteousness that has impelled the country's enlargement. Reynolds' account is pushed through a compelling argument which illuminates our modern world.

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