Synopses & Reviews
This provocative” and absorbing” (Star Tribune
) companion book to Bill Moyers acclaimed PBS series invites readers into conversations with some of the most captivating voices on the scene today, in what Kirkus
calls a glittering array of discussions.” From Jon Stewart on politics and media to Michael Pollan on food, The Wire
creator David Simon on the mean streets of our cities, James Cone and Shelby Steele on race in the age of Obama, Robert Bly and Nikki Giovanni on the power of poetry, Barbara Ehrenreich on the hard times of working Americans, and Karen Armstrong on faith and compassion, Moyers own intelligence and insight match that of his guests and their discussions animate many of the most salient issues of our time.
With extensive commentary from Moyers, marked by his customary respect, intelligence, curiosity, humor, and graciousness” (Booklist), here are the debates; cultural currents; and, above all, lively minds that shape the conversation of democracy.
About the Author
Bill Moyers was a founding organizer of the Peace Corps, a senior White House assistant and press secretary to President Lyndon Johnson from 1963 to 1967, the publisher of Newsday, a senior news analyst for CBS News, and the producer of groundbreaking series for public television. He is the winner of more than thirty-five Emmy Awards, nine Peabody Awards, and a National Academy of Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award. Among his bestselling books are Listening to America, A World of Ideas, The Power of Myth (with Joseph Campbell), and Moyers on America. He lives in New York City and hosts a weekly series, Moyers and Company.