Choice Review of The Cult of Individualism

Choice, a publication of the American Library Association, publishes 'postcard reviews' for use by academic libraries. The point is to give a quick overview of the book, an idea of the appropriate audience, and a sense of whether the book can be useful to any particular library. I write reviews for Choice and love doing … Continue reading Choice Review of The Cult of Individualism

Review of The Cult of Individualism: Partisans Beware

Chip Etier has posted a review of The Cult of Individualism: A History of an Enduring American Myth. He focuses on one of the underlying reasons I wrote the book and, in an off way, explains the "lapse" that Dave Tabler, in his own review, notes--that I do not really consider the southern "Cavalier" culture, … Continue reading Review of The Cult of Individualism: Partisans Beware

Want to Understand the Tea Party? Look to How They See Themselves

This map comes from the U.S.Census Bureau (and thanks, Rodger Cunningham, for alerting me to it). It is based on self-reporting on the 2000 census. What is fascinating to me is the number of people who identified themselves simply as "American." Their location covers almost all of Appalachia and, I suspect, if you took out "African … Continue reading Want to Understand the Tea Party? Look to How They See Themselves

What Is Behind the Shutdown… and Why Is the Tea Party So Unapologetic?

What happens when there are two major cultures in a country, and one feels that, though they represent the real spirit of the country, they are being pretty much ignored by its rulers? Lots of things can, from protest to revolution. We've just seen a rather unusual one, though completely appropriate (in the eyes of … Continue reading What Is Behind the Shutdown… and Why Is the Tea Party So Unapologetic?

Excerpts from The Cult of Individualism

This link will take you to excerpts from my new book, The Cult of Individualism: A History of an Enduring American Myth. In it, I explore backgrounds that can make the "shutdown" a bit more understandable--historically, at least. Making sense of it in current terms is beyond me. The book is available in a number … Continue reading Excerpts from The Cult of Individualism