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Commentary: In the Trump era, Americans have trouble agreeing on the past, let alone the future.

As President Trump and Trump's myriad critics remind us on a daily basis, ours is today a profoundly divided nation. Yet understanding the source of those divisions, amply displayed in perceptions of this week's Democratic debates, requires looking beyond the antagonisms of the moment. Americans need to recover what aviators call situational awareness - a knowledge of where we are and how we got here.

Toward the end of "Personal History," his bestselling account of his adventures as a foreign correspondent in the 1920s, Vincent Sheean reflects on the difficulty of taking

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