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The Thirteen American Arguments - Enduring Debates That Inspire and Define Our Nation

Howard Fineman

"The Thirteen American Arguments is a thought-provoking, engaging study of the great American debate, and a highly worthwhile read."-RealClearPolitics.com "Insightful and enjoyable . . . . In The Thirteen American Arguments, Howard Fineman lifts readers above the fog of modern politics . . . and offers a unique vantage point from which to see that the debates that shape American politics are timeless and profound." --The Washingtonian Howard Fineman is one of our best-known and most trusted political journalists. Mixing vivid scenes and figures from the campaign trail with forays into four hundred years of American history, Fineman shows that every debate, from our nation's founding to the present day, is rooted in one of thirteen arguments that-thankfully-defy resolution. It is the very process of never-ending argument, Fineman explains, that defines us, inspires us, and keeps us free. At a time when most public disagreement seems shrill and meaningless, Fineman makes a cogent case for nurturing the real American dialogue. Shouting is not arguing, Fineman notes, but often hot-button topics, media "cross-fires," and blogs reflect the deepest currents in American life. In an enlightening book that cuts through the din and makes sense of the headlines, Fineman captures the essential issues that have always compelled healthy and heated debate-and must continue to do so in order for us to prosper in the twenty-first century. The Thirteen American Arguments run the gamut, from issues of individual identity to our country's role in the world, including: • Who is a Person? The Declaration of Independence says "everyone," but it took a Civil War and the Civil Rights and other movements to make that a reality. Presently, what about human embryos and "unlawful enemy combatants?" • Who is an American? Only a nation of immigrants could argue so much about who should become one. There is currently added urgency when terrorists are at large in the world and twelve million "undocumented" aliens are in the country. • The R

"The Thirteen American Arguments is a thought-provoking, engaging study of the great American debate, and a highly worthwhile read."-RealClearPolitics.com "Insightful and enjoyable . . . . In The Thirteen American Arguments, Howard Fineman lifts readers above the fog of modern politics . . . and offers a unique vantage point from which to see that the debates that shape American politics are timeless and profound." --The Washingtonian Howard Fineman is one of our best-known and most trusted political journalists. Mixing vivid scenes and figures from the campaign trail with forays into four hundred years of American history, Fineman shows that every debate, from our nation's founding to the present day, is rooted in one of thirteen arguments that-thankfully-defy resolution. It is the very process of never-ending argument, Fineman explains, that defines us, inspires us, and keeps us free. At a time when most public disagreement seems shrill and meaningless, Fineman makes a cogent case for nurturing the real American dialogue. Shouting is not arguing, Fineman notes, but often hot-button topics, media "cross-fires," and blogs reflect the deepest currents in American life. In an enlightening book that cuts through the din and makes sense of the headlines, Fineman captures the essential issues that have always compelled healthy and heated debate-and must continue to do so in order for us to prosper in the twenty-first century. The Thirteen American Arguments run the gamut, from issues of individual identity to our country's role in the world, including: • Who is a Person? The Declaration of Independence says "everyone," but it took a Civil War and the Civil Rights and other movements to make that a reality. Presently, what about human embryos and "unlawful enemy combatants?" • Who is an American? Only a nation of immigrants could argue so much about who should become one. There is currently added urgency when terrorists are at large in the world and twelve million "undocumented" aliens are in the country. • The R
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"The Thirteen American Arguments is a thought-provoking, engaging study of the great American debate, and a highly worthwhile read."-RealClearPolitics.com "Insightful and enjoyable . . . . In The Thirteen American Arguments, Howard Fineman lifts readers above the fog of modern politics . . . and offers a unique vantage point from which to see that the debates that shape American politics are timeless and profound." --The Washingtonian Howard Fineman is one of our best-known and most trusted political journalists. Mixing vivid scenes and figures from the campaign trail with forays into four hundred years of American history, Fineman shows that every debate, from our nation's founding to the present day, is rooted in one of thirteen arguments that-thankfully-defy resolution. It is the very process of never-ending argument, Fineman explains, that defines us, inspires us, and keeps us free. At a time when most public disagreement seems shrill and meaningless, Fineman makes a cogent case for nurturing the real American dialogue. Shouting is not arguing, Fineman notes, but often hot-button topics, media "cross-fires," and blogs reflect the deepest currents in American life. In an enlightening book that cuts through the din and makes sense of the headlines, Fineman captures the essential issues that have always compelled healthy and heated debate-and must continue to do so in order for us to prosper in the twenty-first century. The Thirteen American Arguments run the gamut, from issues of individual identity to our country's role in the world, including: • Who is a Person? The Declaration of Independence says "everyone," but it took a Civil War and the Civil Rights and other movements to make that a reality. Presently, what about human embryos and "unlawful enemy combatants?" • Who is an American? Only a nation of immigrants could argue so much about who should become one. There is currently added urgency when terrorists are at large in the world and twelve million "undocumented" aliens are in the country. • The R

Language:

English

Narrators:

Scott Sowers

Length:

10h 14m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:26


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:00


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:23


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:57


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:52


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:54


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:53


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:46


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:49


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:45


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:47


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:01


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:10


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:18


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:57


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:54


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:44


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:38


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:48


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:57


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:00


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:51


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:26


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:12


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:23


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:28


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:46


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:36


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:26


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:51


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:16


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:32


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:36


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:05


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:40


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:20


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:48


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:44


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:27


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:53


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:50


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:53


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:10


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:05


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:40


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:58


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:18


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:54


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:27


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:22


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:29


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:59


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:16


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:38


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

02:40


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:57


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:16


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:58


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:13


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:07


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:59


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:12


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:45


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:30


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:22


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:01


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

01:53


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:32


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:39


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:03


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:08


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:36


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:04


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:40


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

02:47


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:16


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

02:31


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:01


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

02:35


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

02:46


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:36


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:21


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:41


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:33


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:55


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:08


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:02


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:50


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:34


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:18


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:53


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:39


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:10


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:35


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:36


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:54


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:38


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:19


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:31


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:38


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:43


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:53


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:59


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:40


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:30


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:55


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

02:55


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:49


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

02:59


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:51


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:24


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

02:56


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:43


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:48


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:53


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

03:51


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

03:30


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:02


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

02:47


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

03:53


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:20


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

03:16


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:20


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:56


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

04:08


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:58


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:58


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:18


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:17


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:06


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

00:47