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Author:  Chris OConnor [ Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:46 pm ]
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Everybody benefits by knowing who else is planning to read and discuss the book so please make a brief post here checking in and letting us know of your intention to join the American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good book discussion. Thank you!

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Author:  LevV [ Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:13 pm ]
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I an well into the book and I look forward to some interesting discussions.

Author:  Chris OConnor [ Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:42 am ]
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Let's try to get some more people to check in so we can have an awesome discussion. Feel free to periodically mention this book discussion to members when you're in other forums on BookTalk.org. That goes for everyone. Sometimes members don't notice that we have a brand new book discussion starting. The more we all mention it and link them to it the higher the probability of people joining the book discussion.

Author:  geo [ Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:56 pm ]
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I'll start reading this week. Look forward to chiming in.

Author:  DWill [ Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:31 am ]
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I will pick up the book at the library tomorrow. Oh, and read it and talk about it here, hoping I don't falter.

Author:  Chris OConnor [ Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:35 am ]
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Yes, reading it helps. ;-)

Author:  Francis [ Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:01 pm ]
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I am about to begin reading Frederick Douglas by David W. Blight.

Author:  Chris OConnor [ Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:28 pm ]
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Francis, this thread is not about what books you're reading. This is a thread for members to "check in" and let other members know they're planning to read and participate in the discussion of American Character.

Author:  karyanca [ Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:50 am ]
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I have read Woodard's previous book, American Nations, and just started American Character.

Author:  Chris OConnor [ Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:22 pm ]
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Excellent karyanca! Welcome to the community. :-)

Author:  Taylor [ Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:00 pm ]
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My apologies for being late to the dance but just got an ebook version today. I have been following the discussion and will be joining in.

Author:  Robert Tulip [ Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:23 am ]
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This is a really powerful book. Especially on the corruption of the current Republican Party.

Author:  Taylor [ Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:08 am ]
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Robert Tulip wrote:
This is a really powerful book. Especially on the corruption of the current Republican Party.


You can say that again!

I've read through to chapter six just in the past twelve hours.

Author:  Chris OConnor [ Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:04 pm ]
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Robert, I'm impressed that you're an Australian and you know more about the US political system than most Americans. :bow:

Author:  Robert Tulip [ Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:05 am ]
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Chris OConnor wrote:
Robert, I'm impressed that you're an Australian and you know more about the US political system than most Americans. :bow:

An old analysis of imperial politics observes that the periphery knows about the core but the core ignores the periphery. Australia is at the periphery of the American Empire.

I've had a lot of contact with the US. My dad did his PhD at the University of Chicago, 1958-61, while my mum did an MA at Northwestern. Then dad worked for a year at Yale, 1976-77, bringing the family along. My two brothers both studied and worked in the US, Peter at UPenn and the Fed and Bill doing a chemistry post doc in Oregon.

My interests in the apocalyptic tendencies in world politics have always recognised US leadership, although this is a topic that excites less analysis than perhaps it should.

This book, American Character, attracted my interest because I see this tragic dilemma over liberty and the common good as the central gulf in world politics, stopping people from acquiring a dispassionate ability to discuss key major issues in a practical way. The way this divide between individualism and collective needs polarises American society generates the primary acute moral questions facing our planet.

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