August 9, 2009

Summer readings

As everybody knows, Summer is a great time for reading (more than writing, at least in my case). What I’m reading these days is an Italian translation of The Limits of Liberty: American History 1607-1992 (“Short Oxford History of the Modern World”), by historian Maldwyn A. Jones. As the “product description” states it’s a major survey of the American past from the earliest colonial settlements to the present day, in which the Author “assesses not only the epic achievements of the nation, but also the tensions and limitations of the society behind the 'American Dream'.” As far as I know it’s also the most comprehensive one volume history of the United States. A very interesting reading, even though not that friendly towards some American heroes..

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