After Nationalism: Being American in an Age of Division

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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5.7 X 8.6 X 0.8 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author
Samuel Goldman teaches political science and is Executive Director of the Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom at the George Washington University. He is author of God's Country: Christian Zionism in America, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

In demonstrating how American national identities have morphed over generations, After Nationalism offers the hope at least that the country can endure. Divisions have always existed -- whether culture wars in recent decades, differences among the colonies, or animosity between the North and the South or between the Eastern seaboard and the rural interior. Despite such difficulties, the United States and its democracy have survived, even when we have disagreed on who 'we' were.--National Review

Samuel Goldman offers readers a concise, learned, and profound reflection on the elusive nature of American national identity, whether defined in terms of covenant, crucible, or creed. Given the current divided condition of our polity and culture, I am hard-pressed to conceive of a more timely and essential book.--Andrew Bacevich, president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

We all owe a debt of gratitude to Goldman for charting the path we have taken thus far, providing us with important lessons as we once again try and find a way to both understand America and its place in the world.--The Dispatch

Nationalism has enduring appeal in different precincts of the American right and left, and Donald Trump's presidency made its defenders seem both more noticeable and more noxious. In this interesting and smart book, Samuel Goldman insists that calls to restore American cohesion are usually either abstract but empty or specific but implausible. The only credible way to unify Americans, Goldman concludes, would start with their plurality.--Samuel Moyn, Yale University