JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: HABITUAL BLINDNESS. Historian Eric Rauchway's new book, Blessed Among Nations, argues that globalization gave particular shape to America's development as a major power a century ago and thus helps account for the country's exceptional characteristics among developed nations. (Namely, a weak central government, a skimpy welfare state, a peculiar incompetence at imperial management and global stewardship, etc.) Today, Rauchway assesses the contemporary scene and detects a troubling recurrence of some old, bad habits.

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