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United States’ myth of nationhood is all-important, but it carries a curse

  The United States needs its national myth of shared nationhood more than most countries because it’s almost the only thing that has held our rival regional cultures together. But,… Read more »

How we got here, the stakes and where we go now (in Washington Monthly)

  The United States, which was a state before it came up with an argument for being a nation as well, has always been vulnerable to dissolution. An accidental alliance… Read more »

UNION named a Best Non-fiction Book of 2020 by the Christian Science Monitor

My thanks to the Christian Science Monitor‘s book reviewers for naming Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood as a Best Non-Fiction Book of 2020. The… Read more »

The 2020 Elections and the American Nations

  The American Nations boundaries show up in just about every closely contested election, and the 2020 presidential contest was no exception. With the help of my Portland Press Herald… Read more »

Fareed Zakaria recommends American Nations for today’s political moment in the US

Over at the New York Times Book Review today, Fareed Zakaria — whose ideas about illiberal democracy were very helpful in my thinking through some of the concepts in American… Read more »

Speaking on Union (virtually) in Brunswick, Maine, Oct. 28

Tomorrow, October 28, I’ll be speaking on my new book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood via the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine. Owing to the… Read more »

Talking UNION with Heartland Politics

Had an enjoyable conversation last week with Monmouth College political scientist Robin Johnson about the story told in Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood for… Read more »

Speaking on UNION via the Boston Athenaeum, Sept. 23

It is my great pleasure to be returning to the Boston Athenaeum on this coming Wednesday, September 23, this time to speak on my new book, Union: The Struggle to Forge… Read more »

Talking with the Boston Globe about UNION and the war for America’s soul

It was a pleasure speaking with the Boston Globe‘s David Scharfenberg last week about the struggle over the soul of the United States between defining ourselves by our ideals and… Read more »

Talking with The New Yorker about the forces of U.S. disunity

Almost a decade ago I posited, in the epilogue of American Nations, that the United States is vulnerable to dissolution. We’re an unwieldy federation of rival regional cultures, many of… Read more »