Reviews

Reviews for “Guantánamo: An American History”

“Jonathan M. Hansen has dug beneath all the self- serving American myths about the history of Guantánamo Bay to expose a fascinating—and enduring—colonial enterprise. It makes a great story, which Hansen carries through to its latest twist—the use of Guantánamo as a prison for suspected terrorists, some of whom were subjected to torture. Hansen shines a bright new light on Bush administration lawlessness.” – Anthony Lewis, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“In this brilliant blend of social and political history, Jonathan M. Hansen puts a small but critically important corner of the American empire under the microscope. What he reveals may not be pretty, but it’s powerfully instructive and endlessly fascinating.” – Andrew J. Bacevich, author of Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War

“Most accounts of the United States in Cuba paint heroes and villains in black and white according to the author’s political perspective. With exquisite craftsmanship, Jonathan M. Hansen paints in all the subtle shades of gray required to illuminate the tangled history of this highly charged symbol of American power. This fascinating book is the one to read if you want to understand what lies beneath the current controversies surrounding Guantánamo.” – James T. Kloppenberg, Chair of the History Department and Charles Warren Professor of American History, Harvard University

“With wit and verve, Jonathan M. Hansen illuminates the long, strange, compelling, and troubling story of Guantánamo. A vivid and thoughtful writer, Hansen employs Guantánamo as a prism to reveal the tangled construction of an overseas American empire.” – Alan Taylor, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Reviews for “The Lost Promise of Patriotism”

“Just when the patriotism of Americans who disagree with specific policies of the government is being called into question, Hansen’s judicious and incisive book arrives to remind us how vigorously leftists a century ago refused to yield the flag to the White House. The debates involving Theodore Roosevelt, Eugene Debs, William James, Woodrow Wilson, W.E.B. Du Bois, Horace Kallen, and a host of others during the crises of the Spanish-American War and World War One, Hansen shows, remain relevant to today’s disputes over what it means to love and defend one’s country.” – David Hollinger, University of California Berkeley

“This beautifully written study provides vivid portraits of major thinkers and activists who pondered the new meaning of nationalism when the United States emerged as a world power a century ago. As Hansen demonstrates, they envisioned a form of patriotism more cosmopolitan that the provincial Americanism of their day, but more robust that the thinned out universalism of the Enlightenment. By providing a sturdy historical foundation for contemporary arguments offered by thinkers such as Michael Walzer, Amy Gutman, David Hollinger, and Werner Sollors, Hansen establishes himself as a major contributor to debates among political theorists and historians over the meaning and possibility of American patriotism. At a moment when many American intellectuals consider the idea of national loyalty irreparably damaged, he shows why we should think again.” – James Kloppenberg, Harvard University

“the real value of this study lies in Hansen’s thorough discussion of these and competing ideas. This is an intelligent, engaging, and useful work.” – American Historical Review

“Theoretically rich, sophisticated in argument, and attentive to the interplay of diverse historical forces…the book succeeds… as a reminder that Americans can be critical of their state and still be patriotic. In the present age, this message is particularly urgent.” – American Communist Review

“Hansen’s incisive book refocuses attention on neglected aspects of these outstanding public intellectuals who, at a local, national, and international level, confronted the most challenging issues of the new imperial order…. It is worth stressing again the profound modernity of the cosmopolitans’ theorization of democracy and war… It is quite astonishing to realize how closely these remarks apply to public discourse after September 11 on democracy and the erosion of civil liberties in the face of the general issue of national security.” – CLIO

“… a provocative and strong effort to unite a wide range of influential public intellectuals under the banner of an alternative mode of civic loyalty… a highly readable example of contemporary American intellectual history.” – h-net

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