Key Jr., V. O.
June 1953
New Republic;6/8/53, Vol. 128 Issue 23, p21
The article presents information on the book "The Genius of American Politics," by Daniel J. Boorstin. Equipped with the tools of the historian, Boorstin sets out to discover the nature and roots of the genius of American politics. The purpose of that endeavor is to underpin his thesis that American democracy is not an exportable commodity. His analysis distills down to the contention that the American system is the unique product of a unique set of historical circumstances. Boorstin identifies as a primary element of that genius a wholesome absence of political philosophies theories that blueprint the reconstruction of institutions for the salvation of mankind, dogmas that enlist fanatics and generate commotions.


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