"The Cycles of American History" Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

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Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., first revealed the sequences that governed American politics over the past two centuries in The Cycles of American History. I enjoyed it immensely for a variety of reasons. First, Schlesinger makes his novel appealing to both the avid history fan, student of history, and teacher of history, thus allowing everyone to understand his work. The prominent political historian continues to reflect on the "recurring struggle between pragmatism and idealism in the American soul" (Time). Faced with a new century, a new millennium, and social and technological changes and revolutions, Schlesinger confronts the possibility of a revolution in American political "cycles". Furthermore, Schlesinger explains his work in using his every present political shrewdness. This is a refreshing change from the dry unending style of many historians. The major points explained in this work are the cycling of American politics and its effects on the past, present, and future.

The first chapter is about the theory of America, whether it is an experiment or destiny. It is true that American governors tried and actually did follow the path of the republic of Rome. The fact that Rome's way of government was known for the presentation of the diligence and the forceful power of a country, usually displayed using the man as the main figure, America wanted the same thing for its government, but there was also the risk that the inglorious end would revisit earth again, but this time it would land on America. Since this discussion has been on for long, I would like to express my opinion on it too. I believe that America transformed the way it did because of its destiny. There was and is a God up there who saw what and how things went, and I am more than sure...