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  • By Jeff T on September 12, 2012

    Ronald Wright's book "What is America" is a no-nonsense examination from an historical point of view about how the United States was formed by focusing in on the things that made the country work such as democracy, prosperity, dog-eat dog individualism, and certain types of achievements. However, this is only part of the story. The other-side of the story is an America that is quite possibly a danger to the world and to America itself, really. His argument that the nation is essentially divided between progressive forces and retrograde forces, what Wright calls "Backwoods America," is a real eye-opener. His caustic analysis of the Bush II administration and what it meant for the planet is worth the price of the book alone. Highly recommended.

  • By Paul Patterson on November 20, 2013

    After reading Ronald Wright's "Stolen Continents" and "A Brief History of Progress," I couldn't wait to start reading "What is America." I could hardly have been more pleased. Clear, concise and easy to read, this book should be required reading for all high school students. When it comes to its treatment of the indigent people it displaced, the United States shares with all former colonies of European Empires a common history of religiously sanctioned inhumanity and exploitation. Of particular interest to me was Wright's insights into the divide that has persisted in American politics, from the time of arrival of the first European colonists, between the religious, authoritarian view and the enlightened, democratic view of what America stands for. Hopefully, future generations of both abusers and abused will embrace their shared humanity and see through the divisive and self-serving projections, illusions and justifications of the past. This book will inform and facilitate that transition in our thinking.

  • By Andrew Desmond on September 18, 2009

    I visit America annually and have spent time living in the country. It is a fascinating place. It encapsulates all that is the best and the worst of the world rolled together. Too often, its ugly side is brought to the attention of the world and it is condemned without thoughting given to its better side. By the same token, too many Americans dismiss its negative features while only focussing on its positive features. The truth to the conundrum lies somewhere in the middle.Ronald Wright has written a book that will probably infuriate many of America's true blue boosters. This is a good thing. There is nothing wrong with criticism or some introspection. Wright's book is an excellent summation of modern America. But, like the country itself, the book also has its own weaknesses. Wright too often criticises a history for which the modern nation cannot be held responsible. Yes, America's history has a very dark side. The near eradication of the indian population, slavery, religious intolerance and more. People today cannot be held responsible here. However, as with all peoples, they can be held responsible for how they manage the implications of this history going forward. It is here that Wright is on more fertile ground.The part of the book that I found the most fascinating was his analysis of terrorism is America's history. In discussing the assassination of President McKinley by a home grown anarchist, he goes on to say:"In 1920, a truck bomb blew up on Wall Street outside the headquarters of J.P. Morgan. Now we are being told that terrorism is new, that nineteen fanatics have changed the world, that such people are so powerful and persuasive that the `war' against them must trump democratic freedoms that survived two World Wars and the threat of nuclear annihilation."How eloquent. This puts our fears into some sort of perspective. If only George W Bush could have been persuaded similarly. Read this book!

  • By David Stein on November 1, 2009

    It is time that we all get past the confines of patriotism and ask ourselves what we really are and how we really got there. Ronald Wright, albeit a Canadian, has performed a critically important service in looking at our history without blinders and clears away much of the self-aggrandizing fog that surrounds the manner in which America came to its present condition - through the extermination of much of the native population, the enslavement of Africans and the belief in empire rather than true democracy. Unless we can face up to this, we are likely to continue to undertake dangerous adventures of the sort that have led us to places like Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, overreaching our presumed ability to remake the world in our self-proclaimed image and betraying our deeper aspirations again. Unfortunately, too few will be able to learn this lesson without taking offense where none is intended. Changing one's standards of behavior has never been easy - and human progress seems to take a terrible toll of its victims - both individually and collectively as we struggle with issues like equality.

  • By BenH on April 4, 2013

    Who knew that most amerindians were farmers? And here I thought they were all buffalo hunters on horseback--whoops, I forgot, they had no horses until later.Just in case you didn't know about it, this book will give you at least some feeling of what it was like to be on the wrong end of the guns when Europeans brutally invaded and colonized North America.Easy reading and plenty of details to keep it interesting.Also makes the case that Europe was desperately in need of new resources to revive itself, otherwise it would have suffered serious decline--and the industrial revolution might never have happened!

  • By Juan monge on December 3, 2015

    Should be required reading for every high school student. As well as "A short history of Progress".Also, look for him on youtube he I quite interesting to listen too.

  • By paul blatchford on June 5, 2015

    Unfortunately this book is right on. Every one should read it.


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