William H. Goetzmann's Book Signing
BEYOND THE REVOLUTION: A History of American Thought from Paine to Pragmatism
Posted: February 24, 2009
BEYOND THE REVOLUTION is an overarching, comprehensive look at the development of a uniquely American philosophy. Goetzmann—whose five decades of scholarship in American studies make him singularly qualified to take on a subject with such an expansive scope—begins with the American Revolution, detailing how the events surrounding the colonists’ call for independence helped to forge a completely new kind of society and ideology. Goetzmann goes on to describe how the fledgling nation approached the brink of, and then achieved, intellectual take-off by the beginning of the twentieth century. His account of this progression is all-encompassing, and BEYOND THE REVOLUTION offers an explanation of how the intellectual history of the United States has undeniably shaped our national culture.
William Goetzmann is Jack S. Blanton Sr. Professor in History and American Studies Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin. He taught American Intellectual History for fifty years at Yale and the University of Texas. His Explorations and Empire won both the Pulitzer and Francis Parkman prizes. He lives in Austin, Texas.