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For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today

by Purdy, Jedediah

  • ISBN: 9780375407086
  • ISBN10: 0375407081

For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today

by Purdy, Jedediah

  • List Price: $20.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Publish date: 12/01/2008
  • ISBN: 9780375407086
  • ISBN10: 0375407081
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Description: Drawing on a wide range of sources -- from Thoreau to Seinfeld -- Jedediah Purdy contemplates the irony in popular culture, the breakdown of our political processes, and the moral and legal dilemmas posed by technological advances. In these and other discussions, he lures us away from disbelief and detachment toward a sincere devotion to the healing and betterment of society.

Homeschooled in West Virginia, Purdy went to study at Harvard; this dual experience fuels his lucid and often unsettling observations. His thinking is fresh, his tone civil, his criticism constructive. What he suggests is that we can hope for a sound society if we work for it: each of us is responsible for the common good and for holding the integrity of common things. This is an engaging, honest, and bracing reminder of what it is that we value in our society, and of our responsibility to preserve it.

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