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Michael Kammen
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Michael Kammen, the Newton C. Farr Professor of American History and Culture at Cornell University, is a past president of the Organization of American Historians. He is the author or editor of numerous works, including People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History, and A Machine That Would Go of Itself: The Constitution in American Culture, awarded the Francis Parkman Prize and the Henry Adams Prize. He has lectured throughout the world.

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A Rope of Sand

Written by Michael Kammen


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 3, 2012
Price: $12.99

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American Culture, American Tastes
Social Change and the 2th Century
Written by Michael Kammen


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 3, 2012
Price: $12.99

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Mystic Chords of Memory
The Transformation of Tradition in American Culture
Written by Michael Kammen


Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 2, 1993
Price: $25.00

In this authoritative study Kammen examines the role of tradition, collective memory, and patriotism in American national culture and the transformations they have undergone.  He compares and contrasts America's memory of its past with that of other nations, and looks at how the past has been used: both to resist and to... Read more >
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Mystic Chords of Memory
The Transformation of Tradition in American Culture
Written by Michael Kammen


Format: eBook, 880 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 17, 2011
Price: $18.99

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People of Paradox

Written by Michael Kammen


Format: eBook, 316 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 3, 2012
Price: $19.99

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Visual Shock
A History of Art Controversies in American Culture
Written by Michael Kammen


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $18.00

In this lively narrative, award-winning author Michael Kammen presents a fascinating analysis of cutting-edge art and artists and their unique ability to both delight and provoke us. He illuminates America’s obsession with public memorials and the changing role of art and museums in our society. From Thomas Eakins’s 1875 masterpiece The... Read more >
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Visual Shock
A History of Art Controversies in American Culture
Written by Michael Kammen


Format: eBook, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 22, 2009
Price: $13.99

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