America, Empire of Liberty: A New History is a book on the history of the United States by author David Reynolds published in the United Kingdom in January 2009 by Penguin and in the United States in October 2009.
It is accompanied by a similarly named radio series on BBC Radio 4. The radio series is to be broadcast in 90 15-minute segments over three series of 30 parts each.
The book takes its title from Thomas Jefferson's speeches (he used the phrase "empire of liberty" at least twice).
Max Hastings reviewing the book for The Times said "Journalism takes over from history in the last pages of the book. But that is a quibble [...] This is the best single-volume account of the world's greatest society for many years." The Guardian reviewed it as 'book of the week' and DD Guttenplan called it "a timely but flawed book" saying "on the topics I know a bit about, Reynolds is often unreliable. Finally, Reynolds is just cloth-eared when it comes to American culture."
In The Independent Frank McLynn said "readable, never dull, full of anecdotes, mini-biographies and arresting juxtapositions [...] but as a general overview of US history, Reynolds's book is chock-full of faults", The Daily