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by Thomas A. Bailey

Presents the social and political history of the United States through contemporary source materials from the era of Reconstruction to the present day.
Download The American spirit: United States history as seen by contemporaries epub
ISBN: 0669128015
ISBN13: 978-0669128017
Category: Other
Author: Thomas A. Bailey
Language: English
Publisher: D.C. Heath; 6th edition (1987)
Pages: 565 pages
ePUB size: 1878 kb
FB2 size: 1646 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 447
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American Spirit by Dan Kennedy is a clinical examination of a soul in crisis. Though I admired the many searing and sometimes poetic observations about American culture and quest for self-help, the bulk of the story is told at a cold distance that doesn’t inspire compassion toward Matthew’s plight. Kennedy has proved his talent for the humorous in Loser Goes First, but don’t go looking for hilarity here aside from a few choice passages such as when Matthew tries to understand millennials or teenage girls’ fascination with vampires. From an ugly and sometimes tedious first half, the book improves along the way and ultimately reaches a satisfying conclusion. The book is worth experiencing mainly for the occasional but gloriously caustic indictments of American culture.
I can see why this was a polarizing book. Imagine if The Catcher in the Rye was written today, by someone a little less talented than Salinger. American Spirit follows "Matthew" on a similarly destructive, profane and self-abusive journey.

This book was a roller coaster... started out great, towards the middle I was seeing the point of all the bad reviewers, but redeemed itself a little bit at the end. The writing is definitely sprawling and aspirational, with lots of long sentences and pontificating, but most of the time it works.
I could have used a few more flashbacks to show me why I wanted to care about Matthew...the few that were there were too little too late. Really expected a grizzly during the Yellowstone episode. Loved many moments, especially the guy who packaged the mugs. A few laugh-out-loud moments, too.

Fast read, so I don't feel it was a waste of time.
Book wasn't in the best condition, but nothing major.
I enjoyed this story, and there are a few quotes in it that really resonated with me. It's a quick read that will remind you how much better you're doing now that the recession is "over". You probably will not enjoy this book if you have no sympathy for people who tend towards self-destructive behavior during times of crisis, or cannot otherwise relate to the fact that some mental and emotional breakdowns are well-earned.
I really just never got attached to the protagonist in this novel. He was just a little too pathetic for me. That may have been intentional, but he began to infuriate me too much to keep investing the reading time.
Very satisfied, arrived 15 days before expected.
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