America Reborn

A Twentieth-Century Narrative in Twenty-six Lives

Publisher: Vintage
In America Reborn, journalist and historian Martin Walker defines twentieth-century America through the portraits of twenty-six American individuals whose accomplishments, innovations and ideals propelled the United States to a position of global dominance.

Here are the thoughts and beliefs of politicians and performers, thinkers and doers, capitalists and revolutionaries, immigrants and the native born. From Teddy Roosevelt's imperial ambitions to Bill Clinton's global vision; Emma Goldman’s radical ideals to William F. Buckley's profound conservatism; Albert Einstein's elegant theories to Katharine Hepburn's elegant delivery-the biographical essays that make up this narrative show us the variety of American archetypes and offer a vision of how strong individualism has always been the bedrock of (helped make up) the American character.


I suspect that this book began unconsciously as a love letter to America from a foreigner who sees it both as a second home and as an inspiration. I first visited the United States in 1964 as a young officer cadet of the Royal Air Force, on a NATO exchange. Within five years, having sailed across the...
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“Boasts wise, original insights rendered in glowing prose.”–The Washington Post Book World

“Readable and thoughtful…. [Walker has] a shrewd eye for the significance of people we otherwise take for granted.”–The New York Times Book Review

“One gets from Walker a lucid vision of American utopianism.”–The Boston Globe