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American Dreamers by Michael Kazin.. An intriguing history of radical politics in the shaping of America’s idea of itself. You could call this a People’s History, but it’s more critique than cant. Worth reading whatever your side of the road.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"The historian Michael Kazin acknowledges that Americans have reached what may be “a nadir of the historical left.” But he urges sympathizers not to despair. According to Kazin, the American left has never been much good at building institutions, or getting people elected or seeing its economic programs realized. But it has been enormously effective at shifting the nation’s moral compass and expanding its sense of political possibility."

The New York Times

"A spirited defense of the positive role played by left-wing radicals in shaping American society. . . .  A coherent, wide-ranging analysis of a century of political and social activism in America."

Kirkus Reviews

Author bio: Michael Kazin is a professor of history at Georgetown University. He is co-editor of Dissent magazine. More information can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Kazin/e/B001IQWEOK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Book Details: History; (329 pp. Invigorating: Kindle/Print editions)

Publisher Website: http://knopf.knopfdoubleday.com/2011/08/23/american-dreamers-by-michael-kazin/

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