The problems and ideologies that define American culture were formed in the 19th century.
How to deal with a world that is going a bit off-kilter? Some classic texts can give a few pointers.
While clear-eyed about the country’s injustices, Melville never succumbed to cynicism. On the author’s bicentennial, American readers could use a dose of his ability to fuse realism with idealism.
To mark Independence Day, an Australian perspective on why - 180 years on - Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic political text is a must-read.