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The Myth of American Exceptionalism by Godfrey Hodgson

- Abstract

Godfrey Hodgson is a British journalist who has spent more than four decades writing about the United States, in part because, as he explains, he has “always felt particularly comfortable with the rhythm and temper of American life.” Now he has taken pen to paper once again, this time in discomfort, for he fears that “the practice of American democracy, at home as well as abroad, is in mortal danger.”

The peril came to a head as a result of the attacks of September 11, 2001, which “revealed [the] true values” of George W. Bush. His administration seized the event as “an opportunity [that] justified extreme measures,” especially “attacking Iraq,” something that Bush had secretly wanted to do “from the very first days of his administration.”

About the Author

Joshua Muravchik, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is working on a book about Arab and Muslim democrats.