Today I read an article written by Michael Moore about the fact that when you ask regular Americans: Do you support the troops? They always say “yes, of course!”. But after reading this article I guess they would think twice before answering that question.

Do you support the troops? Read his article.

book 8Published October 2008

George C. Herring uses an extensive account of United States’ foreign relations and diplomacy to tell the story of America’s rise from thirteen different colonies flocked along the Atlantic coast to the world’s greatest superpower. He does this by not only naming statesmen like Benjamin Franklin, Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman and Dean Acheson in playing key roles in America’s rise to world power. But also praises adventurers and explorers, sea captains, merchants, missionaries and diplomats for this outcome. This telling book, recounts themes such as the American Revolution, the 50-year struggle with communism, and conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq in a somewhat dramatic way. However, Herring describes successes, tragic failures, and highlights the importance of foreign relations to the existence and survival of the nation, and  its ongoing impact on the lives of today’s citizens.

book 5Published August 2nd 2005

This seemed one of those books that you do not read, but you have on your shelve for consult. However, known for its lively prose as well as its scholarly research, I decided to read quite a bit of it. What makes it readable is the fact that it tells America’s story in the words of American women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers.