The End of the Myth by Greg Grandin audiobook

The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America

By Greg Grandin
Read by Eric Pollins

Macmillan Audio
13.46 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781250203175

From a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a new and eye-opening interpretation of the meaning of the frontier, from early westward expansion to Trump’s border wall. Ever since this nation’s inception, the idea of an open and ever-expanding frontier has been central to American identity. Symbolizing a future of endless promise, it was the foundation of the United States’ belief in itself as an exceptional nation—democratic, individualistic, forward-looking. Today, though, America has a new symbol: the border wall. In The End of the Myth, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin explores the meaning of the frontier throughout the full sweep of U.S. history—from the American Revolution to the War of 1898, the New Deal to the election of 2016. For centuries, he shows, America’s constant expansion—fighting wars and opening markets—served as a “gate of escape,” helping to deflect domestic political and economic conflicts outward. But this deflection meant that the country’s problems, from racism to inequality, were never confronted directly. And now, the combined catastrophe of the 2008 financial meltdown and our unwinnable wars in the Middle East have slammed this gate shut, bringing political passions that had long been directed elsewhere back home. It is this new reality, Grandin says, that explains the rise of reactionary populism and racist nationalism, the extreme anger and polarization that catapulted Trump to the presidency. The border wall may or may not be built, but it will survive as a rallying point, an allegorical tombstone marking the end of American exceptionalism.

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Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Caribbean and Latin American Politics

From a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a new and eye-opening interpretation of the meaning of the frontier, from early westward expansion to Trump’s border wall.

Ever since this nation’s inception, the idea of an open and ever-expanding frontier has been central to American identity. Symbolizing a future of endless promise, it was the foundation of the United States’ belief in itself as an exceptional nation—democratic, individualistic, forward-looking. Today, though, America has a new symbol: the border wall.

In The End of the Myth, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin explores the meaning of the frontier throughout the full sweep of U.S. history—from the American Revolution to the War of 1898, the New Deal to the election of 2016. For centuries, he shows, America’s constant expansion—fighting wars and opening markets—served as a “gate of escape,” helping to deflect domestic political and economic conflicts outward. But this deflection meant that the country’s problems, from racism to inequality, were never confronted directly. And now, the combined catastrophe of the 2008 financial meltdown and our unwinnable wars in the Middle East have slammed this gate shut, bringing political passions that had long been directed elsewhere back home.

It is this new reality, Grandin says, that explains the rise of reactionary populism and racist nationalism, the extreme anger and polarization that catapulted Trump to the presidency. The border wall may or may not be built, but it will survive as a rallying point, an allegorical tombstone marking the end of American exceptionalism.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A great book. Brilliant, erudite…[A] historically informed framework for understanding the madness of this political moment.” Chris Hayes, New York Times bestselling author
“Many historians have recounted the legend-encrusted saga of American expansionism. Written with insight, passion, and uncompromising moral clarity, The End of the Myth renders all prior interpretations obsolete. The Age of Trump needs history that is both bold and subversive. On both counts, Greg Grandin delivers.” Andrew J. Bacevich, New York Times bestselling author
“An essential, sweeping history of the American frontier, its end and what it has meant to our nation’s sense of itself.” Los Angeles Times
“Aims, in part, to reposition race-based violence to the center of the frontier narrative… A vital corrective to popular conceptions.” New Yorker
“Narrator Eric Paulins…is easy to understand and presents each word flawlessly, using a low-pitched voice with a slightly nasal tone. Paulins also succeeds at putting some emotion behind his narration.” AudioFile
The End of the Myth kicks hard-packed certainties into dust as Grandin strides across three centuries…to supply rich new context to familiar events and pluck neglected ones from the shadows.” American Scholar

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Author

Author Bio: Greg Grandin

Author Bio: Greg Grandin

Greg Grandin is the author of several books, including The Empire of Necessity, which won the Bancroft Prize, and Fordlandia, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. A professor of history at New York University and a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, he has served on the United Nations Truth Commission and has written for the Nation, Los Angeles Times, New Statesman, and New York Times.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 13.46
Audience: Adult
Language: English