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3.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 5 3.40 (5 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arthur M. Schlesinger Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781455171385
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The promise of America has always been that of a fresh economic start on equal footing. This is linked to the classic image of the republic as a melting pot, where differences of class, race, and religion are submerged in the pursuit of democracy. But today, the idea of assimilation into the mainstream is giving ground to the cult of ethnicity. While this upsurge in ethnic awareness has had many healthy consequences in a nation shamed by a history of prejudice, if pressed too far, it could fragment American society to a dangerous degree.

In this powerfully argued essay, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., examines the lessons of one polyglot country after another tearing itself apart or on the brink of doing so, and points out troubling new evidence that multiculturalism gone awry here in the United States threatens to do the same.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the most devastating and articulate attacks on multiculturalism yet to appear.”

    Wall Street Journal

  •  “A brilliant book…We owe Arthur Schlesinger a great debt of gratitude.”

    New Republic

  • The Disuniting of America remains an essential book.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  •  “A passionate criticism of multiculturalism by the two-time Pulitzer winner.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 4/27/2013

    " Schlesinger will always be one of my favorite historians of the modern era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannie | 12/12/2012

    " I read this for a college class. Wasn't one I would have read out of choice, but it was okay and insightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eli Kalderon | 4/15/2011

    " A groundbreaking and genre-setting text in the Americanism of modality. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Misha | 2/8/2010

    " Absolute crap. Wrote my undergrad thesis in opposition to everything it had to say about American history and multiculturalism. If I could give it no stars, I would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Christ | 11/6/2009

    " This book talks about how Americans are too much insisting on themselves as African-American, Italian-American, Asian-American, etc. without seeing themselves so much as Americans. Any educated person is aware of this type of argument. "

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About the Author

Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr., (1917–2007) was an American historian, social critic, and public intellectual. Specializing in American history, much of Schlesinger’s work explored the history of twentieth-century American liberalism. In particular, his work focused on leaders such as Harry Truman, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy. A Pulitzer Prize winner, Schlesinger served as special assistant and “court historian” to President Kennedy from 1961 to 1963. He wrote a detailed account of the Kennedy Administration, from the transition period to the president’s state funeral, titled A Thousand Days. In 1968, Schlesinger actively supported the presidential campaign of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, which ended with Kennedy’s assassination in Los Angeles. Schlesinger wrote the popular biography Robert Kennedy and His Times several years later. He later popularized the term “imperial presidency” during the Nixon administration in his book of the same name. In 1967, he was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for History.

About the Narrator

Jeff Riggenbach has narrated numerous titles for Blackstone Audio and won an AudioFile Earphones Award. An author, contributing editor, and producer, he has worked in radio in San Francisco for the last thirty years, earning a Golden Mike Award for journalistic excellence.