Are Americans - and the nation they share - burning themselves out from stress? For two centuries, America has conceived of itself as an unwavering beacon of democracy in the world. Today, the future of that vision seems in doubt. With voting rates threatening to go below 50 percent, our cities in continuing unchecked decline, and military spending virtually unchanged despite the end of the cold war, James R Cooper sees the salvation of the American dream in the renewal of the American creed - life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness - and in a national policy emphasis on the renewal of our cities.In "Twilight's Last Gleaming", Cooper stresses a thorough interdisciplinary approach to analyse the country's problems. Ranging from Hobbes to Locke to the changes in the Supreme Court and the nature of human sexuality, Cooper explains the need for a "paradigm shift" in the way Americans think about their nation.
"Twilight's Last Gleaming" delineates America's historical traditions and its current social and economic enigmas with astonishing breadth and unusual clarity, and then proposes a startling program for national rebirth, involving the rebuilding and reorganisation of America's urban life. By incorporating strategies to make living in our cities less stressful, Cooper shows how America can resume its historical role as the well-spring of democratic progress.