This essay treats the misrepresentation of personal history, by both author and subject, in Edmund Morris's controversial biography, Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan (1999) as the expression of a distinctly postmodern form of nationalism. In this version, which also informs current scholarship on the subject, historical deracination serves not simply as an obstacle to national connection but also as a basis for it. The essay closes with a critique of this paradoxical view.

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