1. “People of Plenty”: The American Economic Exception -- 2. “Land of Liberty”: The American Governmental Exception -- 3. “No Business Like Show Business”: The American Media Exception -- 4. “Dangerous Nation”: The American Power Exception. .
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. ..