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A powerful and inspirational reinterpretation of our country’s history and fundamental values. A vision of a nation committed to liberty and equality.
“Roosevelt has written a truly extraordinary book.” — Sanford Levinson
The Latest from Kermit Roosevelt
The Nation That Never Was: A Groundbreaking Reinterpretation of the American Story
There’s a common story we tell about America: that our fundamental values as a country were stated in the Declaration of Independence, fought for in the Revolution, and made law in the Constitution. But, with the country increasingly divided, this story isn’t working for us anymore—what’s more, it’s not even true. As Kermit Roosevelt argues in this eye-opening reinterpretation of the American story, our fundamental values, particularly equality, are not part of the vision of the Founders. Instead, they were stated in Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and were the hope of Reconstruction, when it was possible to envision the emergence of the nation committed to liberty and equality.
“In this brilliant book, Roosevelt asks us to trade in our standard story for a different, more complicated, more hopeful story.” ― Jack M. Balkin
“It’s about patriotism, it’s about America,
it’s about what our duty is to our country and to our ideals.”
— Kermit Roosevelt