American Mythos: Why Our Best Efforts to Be a Better Nation Fall Short by Robert Wuthnow
Princeton University Press | August 3, 2008 | English | ISBN: 0691138559 | 304 pages | PDF | 1 MB
America was built on stories: tales of grateful immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, Horatio Alger-style transformations, self-made men, and the Protestant work ethic. In this new book, renowned sociologist Robert Wuthnow examines these most American of stories–narratives about individualism, immigration, success, religion, and ethnicity–through the eyes of recent immigrants. In doing so, he demonstrates how the "American mythos" has both legitimized American society and prevented it from fully realizing its ideals.