The Forever War: America’s Unending Conflict with Itself (Hardback)
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The Forever War: America’s Unending Conflict with Itself (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages
Published: 06/06/2024
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From the author of When America Stopped Being Great, an insightful and urgent reassessment of America’s past, present and future – as a country which is forever at war with itself.The Forever War tells the story of how America’s extreme polarisation is 250 years in the making, and argues that the roots of its modern-day malaise are to be found in its troubled and unresolved past.

As we approach the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the American experiment is failing. Division, mistrust and misinformation are now the country’s defining characteristics. The storming of the Capitol, the prosecution of Donald Trump and battles over gun rights and abortion raise the spectre of further political violence, and even the possibility of a second civil war.

Nick Bryant explains how the hate, divisiveness and paranoia we see today are in fact a core part of America’s story. Combining brilliant storytelling, historical research and first-hand reportage, Bryant argues that insurrections, massacres and civil disturbances should sadly not be seen as abnormalities; they are a part of the fabric of the history of America.

The compromises originally designed to hold the union together have never truly been resolved and today, a country that once looked so confidently to the future has become captive to its contentious past.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781399409308
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Bryant writes with the familiarity of a journalist who has spent decades living in the US but also with the outsider’s capacity for detachment and irony. This is the must-read book about America for 2024. - Professor Adam Smith, Director of the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford

It’s a superb achievement. And as the American people face one of the most crucial elections in their history, nobody with the slightest interest in their future can afford to miss it. - Dominic Sandbrook, author and historian

Just brilliant’...timely to say the least. Extraordinary...it’s enlarged my understanding of America. - Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Radio 5 Live

America’s story rewritten with remarkable authority and affection. Unflinching and insightful. A great achievement. - Lyse Doucet, the BBC's Chief International Correspondent

Bryant is a genuine rarity, a Brit who understands America. - Washington Post

Nick Bryant combines wisdom with humour - this is a must-read book for all those who love America and want it to be healed. - Justin Webb, presenter of the BBC's Today programme and Americast

A must-read book by one of the sharpest observers of American strife. There is a reason presidents read [Nick Bryant] - he is the outsider who observes and writes with clarity and perspective where others see just chaos and confusion. - Robert Moore, ITV foreign correspondent, Twitter/X

What is going to be regarded as one of the greatest pieces of political analysis regarding American history ever...An outstanding job. - Justin Pereira, Twitter/X

A sharp study of the endemic battles that have blighted the U.S. throughout its existence. A perceptive look at America’s unresolved history. - Kirkus Reviews

Read The Forever War. It’s well-written and timely. - Counterpunch

Has Bryant offered the best recent book by a foreign observer (who now watches the conflict from Sydney) of where America is at? Possibly. The quality of his writing (high), his long experience of the United States (varied), and his moral investment in its success (reassuring), certainly place him in the top ten. Paired with his When America Stopped Being Great (2020), Bryant has offered us two books of sustained arguments about US failure. Bryant has written an excellent account of how American history informs its present and why history wars, fought by the mobilised ignorant, might mar its future. - Australian Review of Books

One of the most important aspects of Bryant’s work is its unflinching self-reflection. What sets his book apart from so much contemporary analysis is its recognition of the continual pull of “self-validating folklore”, even as it simultaneously recognises that pull – and insists on resisting it…Bryant’s work of history is as unflinching as it is accessible. - The Conversation

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