With the same exacting scholarship, brilliant cultural analysis, and stylish prose that won him a Pulitzer Prize for A Machine That Would Go of Itself, Kammen examines the paradox of American tradition. How, he asks, did the" land of the future" acquire a past? And how has our collective memory of that past been distorted--and, at times, manufactured? 145 photos.
About the Author
"Michael Kammen (1936-2013) was the Newton C. Farr Professor of American History and Culture at Cornell University. He was author or editor of more than twenty books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning "People of Paradox" An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization" and "A Time to Every Purpose: The Four Seasons in American Culture".