America's Identity Crisis, revised and updated edition
9781944387259, $44.95, HC, 574pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: This newly revised and fully updated edition of "America's Identity Crisis: The Death and Rebirth of the American Vision" by Jungian psychoanalyst and Humanities Professor at Vanier College, Montreal, Canada) Michael Gellert examines the national character of the United States against the backdrop of its history, popular culture, and media.
Professor Gellert suggests that the deterioration of America's "heroic ideal" at the heart of its national character, is responsible for the country's deepening social ills and the erosion of its vital institutions. He calls for a spiritual and intellectual renaissance and a renewed sense of national purpose in order to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.
With an new Preface and a new Appendix on the Trump phenomenon's paradoxical effect, Professor Gellert informatively profiles the development of the American heroic ideal and how this concept expresses the nation's aspiration toward greatness and its sense of identity.
Critique: Thoughtful and...