An Extraordinarily Good Book

I just finished this morning Aziz Rana’s brilliant and fascinating book, The Two Faces of American Freedom and wanted to make a quick post and tell readers to buy and read this book. It presents a grand sweep of American history centered around the central idea of freedom. I’ll have more to say on this in subsequent posts, I hope, but his central point that “internal liberty” has, throughout American history, depended upon “external subordination – the two faces of American freedom,” (page 13) seems to me uassailable and worth pondering. It will certainly influence how I teach my History 1302 course next semester. For now, here is an interview with Rana.


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