America Ascendant

America Ascendant

The Rise of American Exceptionalism

Dennis M. Spragg

416 pages
26 photographs, 1 illustration, 1 map, index

Hardcover

December 2019

978-1-64012-143-0

$34.95 Pre-order

About the Book

America Ascendant vividly portrays the global crisis that brought the media and the government into an alliance that changed the course of American and world history. President Franklin D. Roosevelt organized an extraordinary partnership between the U.S. government and America’s media outlets to communicate to the reluctant and isolationist American public the nature of the threat that World War II posed to the nation and the world. The coalition’s aim was to promote the concept of American exceptionalism and use it to galvanize the public for the government’s cause.

America Ascendant details the efforts of many prominent individuals and officials to harness the collective energy of the nation and guide the United States throughout World War II then describes its aftermath and the Cold War period. Dennis M. Spragg demonstrates how the news and entertainment of American broadcasters such as David Sarnoff, William Paley, and Elmer Davis helped rally the American people to fashion a new liberal democratic order to stop the global spread of Communism.

This media-government alliance, however, was not achieved without difficulty. Spragg highlights the competing visions and personalities that clashed, as media and government leaders tried to develop the paradigm that ultimately shifted American cultural and political thought. Throughout this searching history he sheds light on the underappreciated coordination between the media and the government to establish a liberal democratic world order and demonstrates why American exceptionalism still matters.


 
 

Author Bio

Dennis M. Spragg is the senior consultant of the Glenn Miller Archive and the American Music Research Center at the University of Colorado–Boulder. A veteran broadcasting and media research professional, he is the author of Glenn Miller Declassified (Potomac Books, 2017). For more information about America Ascendant, visit dennismspragg.com.

Praise

“What twenty-first-century Americans and the Exceptional Generations have in common with their forebearers is liberty, equal justice, and a respect for human dignity. With the momentous achievements of victory and global leadership came the blessings of great wealth and power but also an important duty. American leaders have not always appreciated these blessings or acted as responsible stewards of their trust. Although the nation has always continued along a progressive and ascending trajectory, mistakes and missed opportunities have bred cynicism among the intellectual class, political elite, and media that polarizes twenty-first-century American discourse.”—from America Ascendant
 
 

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Prologue

List of Abbreviations

Part 1. Manifest Destiny

1. From Sea to Shining Sea

2. Gospel of Americanism

3. Arsenal of Democracy

Part 2. The Great Crusade

4. Why We Fight

5. Good Neighbor

6. Command Performance

Part 3. Pax Americana

7. Road to Victory

8. United Nations

9. A New Frontier

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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