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Guest Post: A Modest Plea for Complicated History by Andrew Forney

I read Eliot A. Cohen’s “A Modest Plea for Patriotic History” at an interesting moment in my own reading, sandwiching it in between finishing Ron Chernow’s Grant (nearly 1000 pages!) and starting Edwin Moïse’s The Myths of Tet. Several of my historian friends shared his article on social media, arguing its’ merits and demerits from several different ideological perspectives. What were the implications of Cohen’s piece, they asked — the generation of a meta-narrative that supports claims to American exceptionalism, or a more nuanced critique of a trend to parse the differences within American history ahead of a unifying theme? Read more