Carlin Romano argues that America towers as the most philosophical culture in the history of the world, an unprecedented marketplace of truth and argument that far surpasses even ancient Greece. America the Philosophical (Knopf, $35.00) introduces readers to a nation whose existences most still doubt: a dynamic, deeply stimulating network of people and places drawn together by shared excitement about ideas. “. . . a hugely enlightening compendium of intellectual heresy.”—The Buffalo News. Romano, former president of the National Book Critics Circle, is Critic-at-Large of The Chronicle of Higher Education and literary critic of The Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years.