Ark of the Liberties: Why American Freedom Matters to the World

Ark of the Liberties: Why American Freedom Matters to the World

by Ted Widmer

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In a sweeping history of centuries, Ted Widmer's Ark of the Liberties recounts America's ambition to be the world's guarantor of liberty.

The United States stands at a historic crossroads; essential to the world yet unappreciated. America's decline in popularity over the decades has been nothing short of astonishing. With wit, brilliance, and deep affection, Ted Widmer, a scholar and a former presidential speechwriter, reminds everyone why this great nation had so far to fall. It is a success story that America, and the world, forgets at its peril.

From the Declaration of Independence to the Gettysburg Address to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United States, for all its shortfalls, has been by far the world's greatest advocate for freedom. Generations of founders imbued America with a surprisingly global ambition that a series of remarkable presidents, often Democratic, advanced through the confident wielding of military and economic power.

Ark of the Liberties brims with new insights: America's centuries-long favorable relationship with the Middle East; why Wilson's presidency deserves reappraisal; Bill Clinton's underappreciated achievements; how America's long history of foreign policy immediately touches on the choices we face. Fully addressing America's disastrous occupation of Iraq, Ark of the Liberties colorfully narrates America's long and laudatory history of expanding world liberty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809027491
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 06/23/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.64(w) x 8.68(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Ted Widmer is the former director of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. He was a foreign-policy speechwriter and senior adviser to President Clinton. His books include Ark of the Liberties, Brown: The History of an Idea, and a biography of Martin Van Buren.

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