On Democracy
ISBN: 0062905430
EAN13: 9780062905437
Language: English
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.00" L x 5.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview
A New York Times Book Review New & Noteworthy Title A collection of essays, letters and poems from E.B. White, one of the country's great literary treasures ( New York Times) , centered on the subject of freedom and democracy in America. I am a member of a party of one, and I live in an age of fear. These words were written by E. B. White in 1947. Decades before our current political turmoil, White crafted eloquent yet practical political statements that continue to resonate. There's only one kind of press that's any good-- he proclaimed, a press free from any taint of the government. He condemned the trend of defamation, arguing that in doubtful, doubting days, national morality tends to slip and slide toward a condition in which the test of a man's honor is his zeal for discovering dishonor in others. And on the spread of fascism he lamented, fascism enjoys at the moment an almost perfect climate for growth--a world of fear and hunger. Anchored by an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham, this concise collection of essays, letters, and poems from one of this country's most eminent literary voices offers much-needed historical context for our current state of the nation--and hope for the future of our society. Speaking to Americans at a time of uncertainty, when democracy itself has come under threat, he reminds us, As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman . . . the scene is not desolate.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover I am a member of a party of one, and I live in an age of fear. These words were written by E. B. White in 1947. Decades before our current political turmoil, White crafted eloquent yet practical political statements that continue to resonate. There's only one kind of press that's any good-- he proclaimed, a press free from any taint of government control. He condemned the trend of defamation, arguing, In doubtful, doubting days, national morality tends to slip and slide toward a condition in which the test of a man's honor is his zeal for discovering dishonor in another. And on his staunch opposition to tyranny he maintained, If it is boyish to believe that a human being should live free, then I'll gladly arrest my development and let the rest of the world grow up. Anchored by an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham, this concise collection of essays, letters, and poems from one of this country's most eminent literary voices offers much-needed historical context for our current state of the nation--and hope for the future of our society. Speaking to Americans at a time of uncertainty, when democracy itself has come under threat, he reminds us, As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman . . . the scene is not desolate.
From the front Cover I am a member of a party of one, and I live in an age of fear. These words were written by E. B. White in 1947. Decades before our current political turmoil, White crafted eloquent yet practical political statements that continue to resonate. There's only one kind of press that's any good-- he proclaimed, a press free from any taint of government control. He condemned the trend of defamation, arguing, In doubtful, doubting days, national morality tends to slip and slide toward a condition in which the test of a man's honor is his zeal for discovering dishonor in another. And on his staunch opposition to tyranny he maintained, If it is boyish to believe that a human being should live free, then I'll gladly arrest my development and let the rest of the world grow up. Anchored by an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham, this concise collection of essays, letters, and poems from one of this country's most eminent literary voices offers much-needed historical context for our current state of the nation--and hope for the future of our society. Speaking to Americans at a time of uncertainty, when democracy itself has come under threat, he reminds us, As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman . . . the scene is not desolate.-- Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Letters of E.B. White