The American Political Tradition by Richard Hofstadter

"The American Political Tradition" is a critical examination of the United States' political history from the founding fathers to the New Deal era. The book presents nuanced portraits of key figures, challenging the conventional wisdom about their roles and beliefs, and explores the tensions between democracy and capitalism, the individual and the community, and idealism and power. It provides a thoughtful critique of American political culture and its contradictions, arguing that the country's ideals often mask underlying economic and power interests.

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