Author: Greg Grandin
Summary: This felt light and anecdotal, which was a disappointing approach to this timely topic.
This book is based on the premise that “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.” (source) The author suggests that this focus on expansion made it possible for Americans to get away with ignoring domestic issues related to class and race. Then stalled expansion led to a lot of energy and aggression being channeled into issues that are closer to home. Read more »