By Charles A. Jones. Published 2007. ISBN 9781900039826
Far from being exceptional, the United States is the most American of nations sharing with its neighbors to the south an aspiration to realize liberalism in a racialized society and distinguished from them chiefly by the greater material capabilities it has been able to apply to this historic task. Sometimes regarded as Western the United States is separated from Western Europe by distinctive levels and styles of religiosity public violence respect for law and concern with materiality that far from constituting a claim to exceptionality bind it firmly to the rest of the hemisphere from which it was separated only by the strange accident of historiography that created a separate ‘Latin’ America little more than a century ago. This book looks forward to a truly American century.