Birth of a Nation

Bob Deans' insightful perspective in the cover package "America at 400" brings some reality to our national self-esteem and makes us better for it [May 7]. If Deans were to author every American history book in our nation's schools, students would eagerly anticipate history class. His intelligent, humorous and bluntly honest account of our colorful, tumultuous journey as a nation is written in a witty, often self-deprecating style that is typically American. Our forebears stumbled, triumphed and persevered with glorious and sometimes tragic results, and they prevailed, shaping the nation we are today. Deans could make any schoolchild feel pride in...

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