Summary of Who Are We?

The Challenges to America’s National Identity

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Who Are We? book summary
From British settlers to third world immigrants, how global forces have changed and will change the American identity.


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If this provocative book does not generate controversy, it will mean something truly dreadful is filling the headlines and news broadcasts. Author Samuel P. Huntington is willing to say flat out that the white, Anglo-Protestant culture of the United States was important and valuable, and is now endangered. Yet Huntington is not mired in some white-washed past. He’s a respected political scientist with an endowed chair at Harvard. His views are not extreme. On the contrary, the vast majority of the American people probably share them, even if they cannot articulate them in Huntington’s elite language. He explains the historic evolution of the American identity and the American Creed, and describes their past, present and future in value-based terms. He’ll keep you intrigued whether you disagree with his treatise or embrace it as justification for your discomfort, at the least, or your anger and fear, at the most. Whatever your prejudices, dispositions or inclinations about the trends in American society and cultural values, getAbstract believes this is a book worth reading.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the American identity came to be;
  • What it is;
  • Why it is in danger of disappearing; and
  • What the consequences of that might be.


National Identity Crisis
British settlers in North America did not think of themselves as anything but Englishmen until shortly before the American Revolution. Not every settler in the original 13 colonies supported the Revolution and even its supporters did not necessarily share a common...
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About the Author

Samuel P. Huntington is the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard and chairman of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. He is the author or editor of a dozen other books, including The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order.

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