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Seizing Destiny: How America Grew from Sea to Shining Sea
 
 
Author
Richard Kluger.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.7 inches
ISBN 9780375413414
Pages/Publication Date 649/2007
Daedalus Item Code 93773
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As Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Kluger has it in this sweeping history, America's surge to dominion was equally admirable and appalling. The nation's pioneer generations were, to be sure, blessed with remarkable energy, fortitude, and boundless faith in their own prowess. They were also grasping opportunists, ravenous in their hunger to possess the earth, who justified their often brutal aggression by proclaiming themselves the tamers of wild lands and demeaning the humanity of nonwhites.

"This is history on a grand scale, the story of a colonial wilderness as it grew in size and power to be the geographic and political United States of today. Kluger has created an overarching narrative without scanting the drama of individual episodes. Seizing Destiny is not a whitewash: greed, cunning, bloodshed, and chicanery play a large part in enforcing the sometimes fatally tempting notion of manifest destiny. This is an important book and a timely one as well, especially given our present misery about where 'destiny' ... is taking us."óJustin Kaplan

 
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