The End of the Myth

From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America
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Author(s): Greg Grandin
Awards:2020-History-Finalist-Pulitzer Prize,
2020-General Non Fiction-Winner-Pulitzer Prize,
2019-NonFiction-Longlist-National Book Award
Original Publish Date: Mar 05, 2019
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (13.45 hours)
Product Number: Z100138946
Released: Mar 05, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781250203175
Narrator/s: Eric Pollins
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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*WINNER OF THE 2020 PULITZER PRIZE FOR GENERAL NONFICTION* From a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a new and eye-opening interpretation of the meaning of the frontier, from early westward expansion to Trump's border wall. Ever since this nation's inception, the idea of an open and ever-expanding frontier has been central to American identity. Symbolizing a future of endless promise, it was the foundation of the United States' belief in itself as an exceptional nation—democratic, individualistic, forward-looking. Today, though, America has a new symbol: the border wall. In The End of the Myth, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin explores the meaning of the frontier throughout the full sweep of U.S. history—from the American Revolution to the War of 1898, the New Deal to the election of 2016. For centuries, he shows, America's constant expansion—fighting wars and opening markets—served as a “gate of escape,” helping to deflect domestic political and economic conflicts outward. But this deflection meant that the country's problems, from racism to inequality, were never confronted directly. And now, the combined catastrophe of the 2008 financial meltdown and our unwinnable wars in the Middle East have slammed this gate shut, bringing political passions that had long been directed elsewhere back home. It is this new reality, Grandin says, that explains the rise of reactionary populism and racist nationalism, the extreme anger and polarization that catapulted Trump to the presidency. The border wall may or may not be built, but it will survive as a rallying point, an allegorical tombstone marking the end of American exceptionalism.

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eBook
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Author(s): Greg Grandin
Product Number EB00713974
Released: Mar 05, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN: #9781250179814

Professional reviews

"Narrator Eric Paulins does a serviceable job with this audiobook, whose central debate is over which symbol we want to best represent our nation--the open frontier or the border wall. He is easy to understand and presents each word flawlessly, using a low-pitched voice with a slightly nasal tone. Paulins also succeeds at putting some emotion behind his narration to push this history along. Diction, though, can be tricky, and Paulins sounds like he is delivering each word individually in a staccato intonation rather than weaving them together into sentences and ideas that flow and coalesce around a theme. Picking up his pace would have helped make this audiobook a more seamless experience. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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