Mystic Chords Of Memory: The Transformation Of Tradition In American Culture
Mystic Chords Of Memory: The Transformation Of Tradition In American Culture
Mystic Chords Of Memory: The Transformation Of Tradition In American Culture
Mystic Chords Of Memory: The Transformation Of Tradition In American Culture
Vintage

Mystic Chords Of Memory: The Transformation Of Tradition In American Culture

  • Publish Date: 1993-02-02
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Michael Kammen

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Mystic Chords of Memory

Illustrated with hundreds of well-chosen anecdotes and minute observations . . . Kammen is a demon researcher who seems to have mined his nuggets from the entire corpus of American cultural history. . . . Insightful and sardonic. Washington Post Book World

In this groundbreaking, panoramic work of American cultural history, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Machine That Would Go of Itself examines a central paradox of our national identity. How did the land of the future acquire a past? And to what extent has our collective memory of that pastas embodied in our traditionsbeen distorted, or even manufactured? Ranging from John Adams to Ronald Reagan, from the origins of Independence Day celebrations to the controversies surrounding the Vietnam War Memorial, from the Daughters of the American Revolution to immigrant associations, and filled with incisive analyses of such phenonema as Americana and its collectors, historic villages and Disneyland, Mystic Chords of Memory is a brilliant, immensely readable, and enormously important book.

Fascinating . . . a subtle and teeming narrative . . . masterly. Time

This is a big, ambitious book, and Kammen pulls it off admirably. . . . [He] brings a prodigious mind and much scholarly rigor to his task. . . . An important bookand a revealing look at how Americans look at themselves. Milwaukee Journal


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