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A Renegade History of the United States

Russell, Thaddeus

ISBN 10: 141657106X / ISBN 13: 9781416571063
Published by Free Press of Glencoe, U.S.A., 2010
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382pp including index Tells a new and surprising story about the origins of American freedom Stated first edition with full number line. Bookseller Inventory # 85599

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Title: A Renegade History of the United States

Publisher: Free Press of Glencoe, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Cloth Hardback

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

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In this groundbreaking book, noted historian Thaddeus Russell tells a new and surprising story about the origins of American freedom. Rather than crediting the standard textbook icons, Russell demonstrates that it was those on the fringes of society whose subversive lifestyles helped legitimize the taboo and made America the land of the free. In vivid portraits of renegades and their 'respectable' adversaries, Russell shows that the nation's history has been driven by clashes between those interested in preserving social order and those more interested in pursuing their own desires - insiders versus outsiders, good citizens versus bad. The more these accidental revolutionaries existed, resisted, and persevered, the more receptive society became to change. Russell brilliantly and vibrantly argues that it was history's iconoclasts who established many of our most cherished liberties. Russell finds these pioneers of personal freedom in the places that usually go unexamined - saloons and speakeasies, brothels and gambling halls, and even behind the Iron Curtain. He introduces a fascinating array of antiheroes: drunken workers who created the weekend; prostitutes who set the precedent for women's liberation; criminals who pioneered racial integration and brazen homosexuals who broke open America's sexual culture. This is not history that can be found in textbooks - it is a highly original and provocative portrayal of the American past as it has never been written before.

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'Raucous, profane, and thrillingly original . . . turns the myths of the "American character" on their heads with a rare mix of wit, scholarship, and storytelling flair'
--Steven Johnson, author of Everything Bad is Good for You

'A work of history like no other--a bold, controversial, original view of American history that will amuse, inspire, outrage, and, most of all, instruct readers' --Alan Brinkley, Allan Nevins Professor of History, Columbia University, and author of The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century and American History: A Survey

`A bracing read; equal parts revelation and provocation' --Book of the Week, Time Out

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