Title: The Disuniting of America (The Larger Agenda...
Publisher: Whittle Direct Books
Publication Date: 1991
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Cloth. Illustrated. Corners lightly bumped; upper board flaring up slightly. Some light rubbing and a few small closed tears along edges of dust jacket. From the library of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., with his bookplate, and inscribed to him by the author. With a laid-in review from The New York Times. Fairbanks (1909-2000) was an iconic American actor from Hollywood’s Golden Era (his credits include "Gunga Din"), and a highly decorated naval officer of World War II. Bookseller Inventory # JC3055
Synopsis: The promise of America has always been that of a fresh economic start on equal footing. This is linked to the classic image of the republic as a melting pot, where differences of class, race, and religion are submerged in the pursuit of democracy. But today the idea of assimilation into the mainstream is giving ground to the cult of ethnicity. While this upsurge in ethnic awareness has had many healthy consequences in a nation shamed by a history of prejudice, if pressed too far, it could fragment American society to a dangerous degree.
In this powerfully argued essay, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. examines the lessons of one polyglot country after another tearing itself apart or on the brink of doing so, and points out troubling new evidence that multiculturalism gone awry here in the United States threatens to do the same.
About the Author: ARTHUR M. SCHLESINGER, JR. (1917-2007) was a renowned American historian, social critic, and prolific author of numerous books. He was awarded the National Book Award and the National Humanities Medal as well as twice winning the Pulitzer Prize.
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