From my European point of view, America seems to be extremely inconsistent. After reading Colin Woodard’s Book “American Nations – A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America” (see http://colinwoodard.com/americannations.html) I have a much better understanding of it. This book, in a way, decodes America. Woodard points out that there are several very different cultures in America, each with a different history, a different set of values and a different interpretation of what America and American values are.
I really recommend this book to everybody – both inside America and beyond – who seeks a better understanding of the USA and Canada and their political and cultural landscape.