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Being America: Liberty, Commerce, and Violence in an American Worldby Jedediah Purdy
Synopses & Reviews
Having risen to national attention with his first book, For Common Things, Jedediah Purdy now cements his claim to being one of the most arresting public intellectuals of his generation. In Being America, Purdy turns his erudition and unique perspective to America’s relationship with a world that both admires and hates it.
Purdy has absorbed insights from people around the world: Westernized Egyptians who consider Osama bin Laden a hero, an urbane Indian who espouses gay rights and the most thuggish kind of Hindu nationalism, Cambodian sweat-shop workers, and others. Out of these conversations—and his inspired readings of political thinkers from Edmund Burke to James Madison—Purdy breathes new meaning into the American values of democracy, liberty, and free trade. Clear-thinking and far-sighted, Being America encourages America to strive to realize the potential it doesn’t always know it has.
The author of For Common Things explores America's role in a rapidly changing world, discussing such topics as why America inspires both love and hate, how it has become both an emblem of liberty and runaway power, the impact of its export of free market and democratic ideals, and attitudes toward America around the world. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Jedediah Purdy grew up in West Virginia and attended Harvard College and Yale Law School. He has served as a fellow at the New America Foundation and the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School.
About the Author
Jedediah Purdy was educated at home in West Virginia, and he attended Harvard College and Yale Law School. Purdy has served as a fellow at the New America Foundation and is currently a clerk for a federal judge in New York City.
From the Hardcover edition.
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