Time No Longer
In Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century, acclaimed journalist and author Patrick Smith explores this unique moment in American history. Americans are now faced with a choice between a mythical idea of themselves, their nation, and their global “mission, on the one hand, and, on the other, an idea of America that is rooted in historical consciousness. In four essays on topics ranging from America’s dysfunctional relationship with history to the roots of American imperialism and the effects of the Cold War and 9/11 on the American psyche, Smith warns us that to cling to old myths will ensure America’s decline, and demonstrates with deep historical insight why a fundamentally new perspective is essential if the United States is to find its place in the twenty-first century.
Patrick Smith was the International Herald Tribune‘s bureau chief in Hong Kong and then Tokyo from 1985 to 1992. During this time he also wrote “Letter from Tokyo” for the New Yorker. He is the author of four previous books, including Somebody Else’s Century: East and West in a Post-Western World, and has contributed frequently to the New York Times, the Nation, the Washington Quarterly, and numerous other publications.
“Patrick Smith’s is a brilliant and profound meditation on the relationship of modern Americans to their history and their myths, the best book anyone has written on the United States as it today exists. A work that will last.” – William Pfaff, author of The Irony of Manifest Destiny
“An extremely ambitious book, Time No Longer brings together ideas about contemporary American politics and foreign policy with deep questions about the character and destiny of American society and some important ideas about how American attitudes to historical time will have to change. Patrick Smith makes a case that is bound to be controversial, but makes it bravely, thoughtfully, and well. This should be an influential contribution to important national political and cultural debates.” – Godfrey Hodgson, author of The Myth of American Exceptionalism
“I can think of no American historian of the current era who more powerfully captures the way myth has informed consciousness in shaping the American worldview since the founding.” – Mark Lytle, Bard College