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My Brother's Keeperby Amitai Etzioni
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In My Brother's Keeper: A Memoir and a Message, one of America's most admired public figures tells the story of his life. Born in Germany in 1929, Amitai Etzioni escaped the Nazi regime and as a teenager dropped out of high school to fight as a commando in the Israeli War of Independence. He went on to earn his doctorate at Berkeley, teach at Columbia University and Harvard Business School, and serve as senior advisor to the Carter White House. Although he has authored or edited over 20 books, Dr. Etzioni's influence extends beyond academic circles as the founder of the communitarian social movement. In his own words, Dr. Etzioni reflects on his vision of a society whose members care profoundly about one another, assume responsibilities and do not just demand rights, and attend not merely to themselves, but also to the common good. He traces how this message spread and is playing a significant role in the public life of the United States, United Kingdom, and many other free and liberated societies. Clearly and engagingly written, Dr. Etzioni's vision and story are at once compelling and inspiring.
Book News Annotation:
Etzioni (currently at George Washington U.) is the founder of communitarianism, a political philosophy adopted, rhetorically at least, by both Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. In this memoir, he describes his youth in Palestine, his days studying with philosopher Martin Buber, and his move to the United States, where he has been an academic and a government official. Much of the memoir is concerned with the process of thinking that led him to his philosophy and subsequent efforts to popularize it. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In My Brother's Keeper: A Memoir and a Message, one of America's most admired public figures tells the story of his life. Born in Germany in 1929, Amitai Etzioni escaped the Nazi regime and as a teenager dropped out of high school to fight as a comm
Includes bibliographical references (p. 429-460).
Amitai Etzioni chronicles the story of his life and vision in this significant and inspiring memoir. Born in Germany in 1929, Dr. Etzioni escaped the Nazi regime and emigrated to Israel by way of Greece. As a young man, he dropped out of high school to fight the British in the Israeli War for Independence. After moving to the U.S., he earned his doctorate at the University of California and later taught at Harvard Business School and Columbia University. Though he has authored and edited over 20 books on political and social theory, his influence extends beyond academic circles as the social movement he founded--communitarianism--gains greater acceptance. In this engaging volume, Dr. Etzioni reflects on his communitarian vision of a society whose members care profoundly about one another, assume responsibilities, and attend not merely to themselves but also to the common good.
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