Mystic Chords of Memory

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Mystic Chords of Memory

The Transformation of Tradition in American Culture

By Michael Kammen

Vintage, Paperback, 9780679741770, 880pp.

Publication Date: February 2, 1993

With the same exacting scholarship, brilliant cultural analysis, and stylish prose that won him a Pulitzer Prize for A Machine That Would Go of Itself, Kammen examines the paradox of American tradition. How, he asks, did the" land of the future" acquire a past? And how has our collective memory of that past been distorted--and, at times, manufactured? 145 photos.