Is America an Exceptional Nation? If so, how did it get that way? Are the qualities that made America exceptional still in existence today? Just what does this phrase mean anyway? In Understanding American Exceptionalism, David Nordmark explores the roots of just what made America unique to begin with. He looks at how America's "Bottom Up" style of government allowed for the creation of an exceptional people and nation. He then explores the reasons why American exceptionalism is fading, and what the consequences of this are for itself and the world.