Grand Illusion, by John B. Judis
Nostalgia haunts this chronicle of 20th-century American politics. John B. Judis, a contributing editor of the New Republic and the author of an excellent biography of William F. Buckley, Jr., begins by evoking a golden age: it occurred in the first two decades of the century, when leaders and policy-makers realized the nation could no longer go it alone as an agrarian Eden cut off from the rest of the world. This was a sobering discovery, but one that Americans met resourcefully. They
grasped, if imperfectly, the novelty of their situation and attempted to come to terms with it, participating in social movements and electing individuals of superior understanding to the presidency.
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