Jan. 2, 2009
-- In America Rising
, David Felix attempts to explain how and why America became a superpower by examining the political and economic factors and their relationship throughout history. Felix begins with the dawn of America, showing how America amassed wealth and political power from the start through wars, assertions of economic might, and the creation of a cultural and philosophical base. The nation began with a political order, derived from our British origins, which enabled our pragmatic culture to take best advantage of the vast wealth of the near-virgin continent. Political and economic freedom were paired, authority yielding to both freedoms. This combination of political and economic freedom generated enormous wealth at the cost of insecurity. This book, which demonstrates the author’s zest for historical analysis and great story-telling ability, points to the central fact of a rising America—the intensely energizing interaction between polity and economy.
“Based on a lifetime of research, this book synthesizes in a lively manner an enormous amount of material. Drawing on his two previous studies of Keynes, Felix displays a penetrating knowledge of economics as well as history. Throughout, he is never reluctant to challenge accepted views, including those on the Vietnamese war. America Rising should prove to be especially useful to undergraduates.”
—Thomas A. Cassilly, professor of political science, Montclair State University
David Felix is professor emeritus of history in the City University of New York. His research interests include the history of ideas, economic history, and biography. He is the author of Biography of an Idea: John Maynard Keynes and the General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, Keynes: A Critical Life, Marx as Politician, and other works.
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