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America at Risk: Threats to Liberal Self-government in an Age of Uncertainty - Contemporary Political and Social Issues (Hardback)
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America at Risk: Threats to Liberal Self-government in an Age of Uncertainty - Contemporary Political and Social Issues (Hardback)

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Hardback 312 Pages / Published: 28/02/2009
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America at Risk collects original essays by a distinguished and bipartisan group of writers and intellectuals who gather to discuss this simple question, a question that should concern Americans of every political persuasion. The answers, which range from dwindling political participation to rising poverty, and religion to empire, add up to a valuable and timely portrait of a particular moment in the history of American ideas.While the opinions are many, there is a central theme in the book: the corrosion of the liberal constitutional order that has so long guided the country at home and abroad. The authors write in accessible language about the demonstrably important dangers the United States faces while also breaking the usual academic boundaries: there are chapters on the family, religious polarization, immigration, and the economy, as well as on governmental and partisan issues. This is a required reading for all Americans concerned about the future of their country.

Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472116683
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"America at Risk goes well beyond the usual diagnoses of issues debated in public life like immigration, war, and debt, to consider the Republic's founding principles, and the ways in which they have been displaced by newer thoughts and habits in contemporary America. A critical book for understanding our present condition."
--Francis Fukuyama, Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

-- (08/29/2008)

"In this penetrating book, the nation's finest social and political thinkers from across the spectrum take a careful and no-holds-barred look at the dangers facing the American political system. The conclusions are more unsettling than reassuring--but that is because they are honest and real."
--Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

-- (09/26/2008)

"In the midst of overwrought pundits, irate soccer moms, and outraged bloggers, it is difficult to distinguish genuine dangers from false alarms and special pleading. This book enables us to do so, in a way that helps us to actually think about, not just feel anxious about, threats to those features of American society that are worth cherishing. The authors range in ideology and expertise, but they are uniformly judicious, incisive, and informative. This is a fascinating book about issues that the political system usually ignores or exaggerates."
--Jennifer L. Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government, and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

-- (09/23/2008)

"Robert Faulkner and Susan Shell have gathered a distinguished group of scholars to reflect on the causes of the country's present discontents. Probing the deep philosophical and historical roots of America's domestic and international crises, their wide ranging thoughts sound a common theme: the self-evident truths of liberal democracy no longer guide the nation's leaders and citizens. America at Risk illuminates the most important political, social and economic developments of our time."
--Sidney M. Milkis, White Burkett Miller Professor of Politics, University of Virginia

-- (09/23/2008)

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