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'A Tolerable Anarchy' by Jedediah Purdy and 'The Myth of American Exceptionalism' by Godfrey Hodgson

A Tolerable Anarchy Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of America's Freedom Jedediah Purdy Alfred A. Knopf: 294 pp., $23.95 The Myth of American Exceptionalism Godfrey Hodgson Yale University Press: 222 pp., $26 In his 2003 book "Being America," Jedediah Purdy remarked that at "the same time we disclaim imperial aspirations, we Americans suspect that we are the world's universal nation." Without using the term, he was raising the question of American exceptionalism, loosely the idea that this country, its founding and history, are uniquely representative as an experiment in liberty, the outcome of which will be of great consequence to the world. ...

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