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American Character: the Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good

Cover illustration from Woodard's "American Character"

We talk with Colin Woodard, author of "American Character."  In his new book, Woodard examines the history to the key American question:  how best to reconcile individual liberty with the common good.  Woodard contends this struggle can be linked to nearly every major disagreement in U.S. history right up to and including the present political divisiveness.  Woodard also suggests how to balance these competing ideals and break political deadlock. 


  • Colin Woodard is currently State and National Affairs Writer for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.   He is also a contributing editor at Politico and writes for Washington Monthly.
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