"Outside the Gates of Eden: The Dream of America from Hiroshima to Now" by Peter Bacon Hales

Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014

"The book then is an exploration of the various cultural myths, the sacred stories, that Americans believed, rejected, redeployed, or retooled in order to cope with the shifting world provoked by the bomb itself."
Since its inception, America has always seen itself as a player upon the grand stage of history. Poised as a "city on a hill" between promise and peril, we have pursued our Manifest Destiny ever since the arrival of our Puritan forebears upon these lush, Edenic shores. Even in the early centuries before becoming globally significant, American cultural consciousness has included a sense that in our politics, our conquest, our growth and prosperity we were creating a new way of living in the world’an experiment in righteousness allegedly shaped by an understanding of divine election and ...

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