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Don't Play Away Your Cards, Uncle Sam

The American Difference

Olof Murelius - Edited by Jana Novak - Foreword by Michael Novak

Hannah Arendt wrote that America was the greatest adventure of European man. Times have changed and stale anti-American sentiment flowing west from the European continent has replaced the flood of Europeans crossing the Atlantic in search of the American Dream. In Olof Murelius, one encounters a European observer who grasps what so many Europeans now miss, the adventure that is still America. Don't Play Away Your Cards, Uncle Sam is a spirited account of the growth of a nation. Murelius's work cuts a broad swathe through American history from the Founding Fathers to Bill Clinton, accentuating America's many and varied accomplishments. It is a gloriously unapologetic battle cry to America to cast off any lingering national self-doubt and will delight readers seeking a conversation with the best of Old Europe about the American "way of life." « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 180Size: 6 3/8 x 9 1/4
978-0-7391-0314-2 • Hardback • June 2002 • $96.00 • (£65.00)
Olof Murelius is a consultant and writer. He lives in Sweden.
Chapter 1 At the Beginning
Chapter 2 Birth of a Nation
Chapter 3 Forging an Identity
Chapter 4 Gathering Storm Clouds
Chapter 5 Facing the Enemy
Chapter 6 A New Washington
Chapter 7 The Beginning of the End?
Chapter 8 The End of the Beginning
There is a difference—sometimes greater than imagined—between the Old and the New World. Olof Murelius brings us face to face with the American Promise, and shows how the imploding European social democratic experiments have nothing in common with it: indeed, they represent betrayal of the European ideal.
Samuel Gregg, director of research, Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty

This books gives an excellent review of America's fascinating history and puts to rest many false ideas and prejudices against the United States. It is to be recommended as both informative and pleasant reading.
Count Wilhelm Wachtmeister, Ambassador (rtd)