Late last month I asked her what she reading. Her reply:
I am currently reading The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln by Sean Wilentz. This book is the second in a series that began with The Rise of American Democracy: The Curse of the New Order. Is Princeton professor Wilentz America’s Edward Gibbon? I’d rather not be around for the ‘Fall,’ but I am looking forward to The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008 to be published in May, 2008.Learn more about Susan Nagel and her work at her blog and at her Marie Antoinette's Daughter blog.
In The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, Wilentz proves a true political scientist, building his argument with Newtonian physics and Hegelian dialectics. Partisan politics, despite the Founding Fathers’ fears of them, have been the oxygenating force that hurled a primordial experiment (democracy or republic?) from one BIG BANG toward empire as an evolving system of compromise guided its trajectory. Wilentz offers brilliantly illuminated microscopic focus.
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