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American Soul
A Cultural Narrative

by Ron Schenk

ISBN: 978-1-935528-41-8
268 pp.

American Soul delves into American rhetoric surrounding historical and current conditions and events to unearth an underlying cultural narrative or myth rooted in America's particular Judeo–Christian tradition. Exploring the birth and evolution of the nation, foreign policy, political tropes, and the challenges of Katrina, 9/11, Enron, and the financial meltdown, a cultural image emerges which runs counter to popularly accepted notions of the nation's core identity.
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Praise for American Soul
American Soul is a rare and important book...full of insights, encouraging us to look especially at our shadow qualities. Get this book into the hands of university professors, business leaders and politicians!
THOMAS MOORE, AUTHOR OF CARE OF THE SOUL
In American Soul Ronald Schenk brilliantly lifts into view the disturbing contradictions, the shadowy rationalizations, and the ethical delusions embedded in Americans' views of themselves and their "mission" in the world. Read this work only if you dare, for you will not see America the same way after.
JAMES HOLLIS, AUTHOR OF WHAT MATTERS MOST: LIVING A MORE CONSIDERED LIFE
Now here is a book you can sink your intellectual teeth into—as it will surely sink its teeth into you. There is a fierce love in this work, and a passion for justice, combined with profound psychological insight. A rare and wonderful book.
LYN COWAN, AUTHOR OF PORTRAIT OF THE BLUE LADY: THE CHARACTER OF MELANCHOLY AND TRACKING THE WHITE RABBIT: A SUBVERSIVE VIEW OF MODERN CULTURE
Imagine if Tocqueville had read what Jung wrote, and you have Ronald Schenk. What is at stake, he says, is the very soul of America. American Soul is a provocative, persuasive book about American dreams, myths, and values and the often unconsciously ironic realities of those ideals.
MICHAEL VANNOY ADAMS, AUTHOR OF FOR LOVE OF THE IMAGINATION: INTERDISCIPLINARY APPLICATIONS OF JUNGIAN PSYCHOANALYSIS
Ronald Schenk offers a depth psychologist's perspective on the uniquely American myth underlying both our history and our current dilemmas. He sheds discerning (and disturbing) new light on unconscious motivations—from America's Puritan beginnings to 9/11 and beyond.
DICK RUSSELL, AUTHOR OF THE FORTHCOMING LIFE AND IDEAS OF JAMES HILLMAN AND CO-AUTHOR WITH JESSE VENTURA, DEMOCRIPS AND REDBLOODICANS: NO MORE GANGS IN GOVERNMENT
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: Myth and American Psyche
Chapter 1: 9/11 and the Twin Towers
Chapter 2: Self-interest Well Understood
Chapter 3: Ronald McDonald: A Mythic Narrative
Chapter 4: Nehemius Americanus: Puritan Consciousness and American Soul
Chapter 5: From Puritan to Yankee
Chapter 6: Empire Builder
Chapter 7: The Cowboy Crusader and the Americanization of the World
Chapter 8: "Katrina"
Chapter 9: The Shell Game: Enron and Its Fall
Chapter 10: The Tower of Mirrors: Mythic Foundations of Capitalist and Islamic Finance
Chapter 11: Captain America and His Zealous Blast: A Foray into American
Foreign Policy
Chapter 12: What Ishmael Saw: An Overview of American Involvement
in the Middle East
Chapter 13: The Soul of Terror / The Terror of Soul
Epilogue: The Limits of Change
About the Author:
Ronald Schenk, Ph.D., is currently in private practice in Dallas and Houston, Texas. His interests lie in clinical training, cultural psychology, and postmodernism. He is the author of The Soul of Beauty: A Psychological Investigation of Appearance (1992), Dark Light: The Appearance of Death in Everyday Life (2001), and The Sunken Quest, The Wasted Fisher, The Pregnant Fish: Postmodern Reflections on Depth Psychology (2001) and has published several essays.