viii, 193 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
9780525520498 (hardcover) 052552049X (hardcover) 9780525520504 (ebook)
"With the warmth and lucidity that have made him one of our most important public voices, Robert B. Reich makes the case for a generous, inclusive understanding of the American project, centering on the moral obligations of citizenship. Rooting his argument in everyday reality and common sense, Reich demonstrates the existence of a common good, and argues that it is this that defines a society or a nation. Societies and nations undergo virtuous cycles that reinforce and build the common good, as well as vicious cycles that undermine it. Over the course of the past five decades, Reich contends, America has been in a slowly accelerating vicious cycle--one that can and must be reversed. But first we need to weigh what really matters, and how we as a country should relate to honor, shame, patriotism, truth, and the meaning of leadership. Powerful, urgent, and utterly vital, this is a heartfelt missive from one of our foremost political thinkers: a fundamental statement about the purpose of society and a cri de coeur to save America's soul"--Amazon.com.
"This is a Borzoi book." -- Title page verso. Includes discussion guide (pages 191-193).
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-189).
Formatted Contents Note
Part I. What is the common good? Shkreli What good do we have in common? The origins of the common good Part II. What happened to the common good? Exploitation Three structural breakdowns The decline of the good in common Part III. Can the common good be restored? Leadership as trusteeship Honor and shame Resurrecting truth Civic education for all.