The Myth of American Exceptionalism -
should be a book, if no one has already written it.
Should be a study of the complete brainwashing of an entire population into believing that they were somehow immune from the rigors of the rest of the world, that they were somehow better, smarter, more beloved by God than the rest of the world.
Such an identity, perpetuated continually, has rendered the populace completely incapable of addressing serious issues in the society, and left them absolutely helpless in times of national tragedy,
Examples: the bad reaction to 9-11, which led America into 20 year wars and an eventual recession.
The COVID pandemic, which led have the populace to believe the disease did not exist, which led to needless deaths.