The American Exception, Volume 2

  • Frank J. Lechner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 231-239

About this book


This book examines what makes the United States an exceptional society, what impact it has had abroad, and why these issues have mattered to Americans. With historical and comparative evidence, Frank J. Lechner describes the distinctive path of American institutions and tracks changes in the country’s national identity in order to assess claims about America’s ‘exceptional’ qualities. The book analyzes several focal points of exceptionalist thinking about America, including the importance of US Constitution and the American sense of mission, and explores several aspects of America’s distinctive global impact; for example, in economics and film. In addition to discussing the distinctive global impact of the US, this first volume delves into the economy, government, media, and the military and foreign policy. 


US History Exceptionalism Globalization US Politics US Law Sports World Stage Technology Culture American Exceptionalism

Authors and affiliations

  • Frank J. Lechner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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