I remember reading this statement (or something very close) years ago:
Americans believe their values are universal values, which is the most American value of all.
Who wrote this?
I want to say it was Walter McDougall in Promised Land, Crusader State, however I don't own the book, and can't find the quote in on-line searches (of that book, or otherwise). In any case it's very possible I'm wrong and saw the quote elsewhere.
I realize the above point has probably been made many times, thus a related question: is there a particular author/speaker who is most often credited?