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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Lexington Books (October 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073911574X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739115749
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,448,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sidney Waldman's book offers an important and timely critique of the moral basis of contemporary American political institutions and policies. Waldman also offers ideas for moving away from the excessive and corrupting self-love of American politics today toward a more public-centered future. America and the Limits of the Politics of Selfishness is a book that should be read by all students of American politics and by a public that is increasingly concerned about the direction in which the country is headed. (David Vogler, Professor of Political Science, Wheaton College)

Waldman provides a persuasive critique of American democracy that is refreshingly accessible, yet richly compelling in its implications. The author believes Americans can rise to the occasion, and establish a politics that is worthy of themselves, others, and their Creator. Highly recommended. (CHOICE)

...this may be a book for you. (. Friends Journal, March 2008)

An eloquent and persuasive writer, using the language of humanism while citing social science literature, Sidney Waldman demonstrates how morality and compassion have an important role to play in American politics, and that we as citizens are capable of enhancing the moral depth of our political participation. Remarkable for its vitality, this book effectively combats tired cynicism and the weakness of self-interest models of citizenship. (Andrew McFarland, Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago)

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Sidney R. Waldman is professor of political science at Haverford College.

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By Sidney Waldman on July 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a thoughtful, insightful book. It is strongly analytical and shows the importance of the morality and compassion of the American people in affecting what American politics can achieve.
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