From the Pulitzer Prize-winning social historian Kluger comes this comprehensive and balanced chronicle of how the vast territory of the United States was assembled to accommodate the aspirations of its people—regardless of who objected.
Less than 100 years after its creation as a fragile republic, the United States more than quadrupled its size, making it the world's third largest nation. No other country or sovereign power had ever grown so big so fast or become so rich and so powerful. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Kluger chronicles this epic achievement in a compelling narrative, celebrating the energy, daring, and statecraft behind America's insatiable land hunger while exploring the moral lapses that accompanied it. Comprehensive and balanced, "Seizing Destiny" is a revelatory, often surprising reexamination of the nation's breathless expansion, dwelling on both great accomplishments and the American people's tendency to confuse opportunistic success with heaven-sent entitlement that came to be called manifest destiny.
"Richard Kluger"'s books include "Simple Justice," the classic account of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 landmark decision ending racial segregation of the nation's public schools, and "The Paper: The Life and Death of the "New York Herald Tribune, both finalists for the National Book Award. His critical history of the tobacco industry, "Ashes to Ashes,"" "won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 1997. He is also the author or coauthor of eight novels. He lives with his wife, Phyllis, in Berkeley, California.
"A detailed and compelling portrait. . . . It will force you to think about how America was made, and why." --The Boston Globe
"Comprehensive and sweeping. . . . Fascinating. . . . Kluger is a skilled and passionate storyteller." --Chicago Tribune
"Epic. . . . Brilliant. . . . Kluger limns colorful pen portraits of heroes and knaves both familiar and forgotten." --The Plain Dealer
"A well-crafted and readable narrative of this often sordid, sometimes forgotten side of the American past." --The Washington Post Book World