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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of America (June 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761861270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761861270
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thomas Ehrlich and Ernestine Fu transform their experiences, life lessons, and passion for civic engagement into a powerful blueprint for those looking to create meaningful and effective change. This book is a must read for both new and seasoned leaders alike."  -- Alan Khazei, Co-Founder of City Year and Vanessa Kirsch, Founder & Managing Director, New Profit Inc.

"Tom Ehrlich has been such a thoughtful mentor and champion through my Teach For America journey and I’m so glad that he’s partnered with an inspiring young leader, Ernestine Fu, to share the stories and lessons of a lifetime of public service." --Wendy Kopp, Founder & Chair, Teach For America

"Underneath the usual popular dissatisfaction with government and politicians, there is also an untapped sense of civic duty. From their unique vantage points – more than 57 years separates them in age – Thomas Ehrlich and Ernestine Fu point out key lessons they think are imperative for young people, and indeed, anyone who wants to make a difference. And they put the lessons in very engaging personal stories that you’ll enjoy reading." --David Mathews, President, Kettering Foundation

"Wherever I go, I find that people want to make a positive contribution to their communities and their country – but do not know how. Now, two gifted authors, generations apart in age and experience, give people a valuable primer on how they can enrich their lives and the lives of others through public service." -- Lee H. Hamilton, former United States Representative; Director, Center on Congress at Indiana University

"Thomas Ehrlich and Ernestine Fu, from the standpoint of very different generations, share remarkable findings of how each of us can prepare to serve and then to realize enormous personal satisfaction in the new achievements and well-being of those touched by very thoughtful service." -- Richard G. Lugar, former United States Senator

"I am struck by the unique gift this book offers readers, two distinctly different yet equally valuable perspectives on public service. What a blessing for Ernestine Fu to be able to have Tom Ehrlich as a mentor, and how incredibly invigorating it must have been for Tom Ehrlich to work with Ernestine Fu, who seems destined to do great things." -- John Merrow, PBS NewsHour and Learning Matters, Inc.

"Through this inter-generational approach, Civic Work, Civic Lessons brings together two unique perspectives about remarkable experiences in public service. Tom Ehrlich and Ernestine Fu lead by example, demonstrating the value of civic engagement in the private and public sectors and challenging us to expand our personal civic efforts." - Maureen Curley, Campus Compact

"We can either inspire hope and optimism for the next generation by engaging them in the process to rebuild the public and private sector, or we can leave them behind. Tom Ehrlich and Ernestine Fu's honest discussion of so many difficult issues - sharing examples of failure and success - takes immense courage and vision to inspire greater good. I am inspired!" - Kim Meredith, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University

"The Stanford community has a long history of public service. This book - written by members of two different generations of the Stanford family, Tom Ehrlich, a faculty member, and Ernestine Fu, a student - is very much in our university's spirit. It explores the importance and relevance of service in its many forms and the benefits that come when generations reach out to each other. It offers valuable insights for tomorrow's leaders." -- John Hennessy, President, Stanford University

About the Author

Thomas Ehrlich has held a number of public-service positions since the administration of President John F. Kennedy. He was the first head of the Legal Services Corporation and was the director of the agency responsible for foreign-aid policy, reporting directly to President Carter. He has also served as president of Indiana University, provost of the University of Pennsylvania, and dean of Stanford Law School. He is author, co-author, or editor of fourteen books, including Educating Citizen: Preparing America's Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility (2003), and Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement (2007). He holds five honorary degrees and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. 

Ernestine Fu is an undergraduate student at Stanford, where she has been admitted to the Master's and PhD programs in engineering. She has been engaged in civic work since she was fifteen when she founded a nonprofit organization to bring music to those in need. She has served on a national corporate advisory board to fund youth civic activities. She has also worked at a venture capital firm emphasizing investments in high-tech Silicon Valley start-ups. She was chosen for the Kauffman Fellowship on entrepreneurship and is an active supporter of social entrepreneurs.

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This kind of thinking makes me suddenly optimistic about the future of our world.
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I highly recommend Civic Work, Civic Lessons to anyone interested in reflecting on their own civic life or supporting a new generation of civic leaders.
Jonathan R. Dolle
I hope many people of all ages will be inspired by this book and our country will see a great influx of talented and dedicated public servants.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan R. Dolle on July 26, 2013
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I wish a book like this had existed 20 years ago, when I was entering high school and just beginning down a path to public service. Alas, it did not. But as luck would have it, I got to know Tom Ehrlich some 10 years later, after I began graduate school. So this review is informed by nearly a decade of knowing Tom as a colleague, friend, and mentor. And fortunately, now everyone has access to this fabulous book.

Many of the lessons that organize Civic Work, Civic Lessons will be familiar to readers, especially those who have spent years, if not careers, engaged in public service. But what really makes the book a gem are the compelling personal stories bringing each lesson to life. Imagine you had the opportunity to have coffee and an intimate conversation with two remarkable civic leaders, 57 years apart in age. These leaders share what they've experienced and learned through their years of service, drawing parallels between each others stories. Reading this book feels like an open invitation to join their conversation. Readers who want to find mentors (or mentor others), explore the meaning and forms of "public interest" work, navigate the pull between lofty ideals and careful execution, or leverage technology for the public good will find inspiration in their stories.

I highly recommend Civic Work, Civic Lessons to anyone interested in reflecting on their own civic life or supporting a new generation of civic leaders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne Colby on July 18, 2013
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I love this book. Reading it is like sitting down for a nice long talk with two amazing people. It is not only inspiring but instructive in a very honest and practical way about how to use your life to make real and positive differences in the world. It's perfect for high school and college courses that help young people find and pursue their purpose in life, but it's uplifting and enlightening reading for people of any age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Bacchetti on July 16, 2013
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In an age rife with worry about personal economic success, this book sketches a complementary side of life--dedicated to civic engagement and the common good. Though they are nearly six decades apart in age, the authors have blended career commitments and social responsibility in ways that give meaning to both. I don't usually read books like this, but this one drew me seamlessly from chapter to chapter. Its seven lessons about civic work made me wish I could start my adult life over again. Those lessons and the personal narrative in which they are embedded give shape and subtlety and meaning to how democratic ideals and career aspirations can interweave in making a life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Enthoven on July 15, 2013
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What a great book! I wish more books like this would be written. It is refreshing to read such a positive and inspiring book about work in government and for the common good. Civic Works, Civic Lessons celebrates the values of public service in a unique way. The two authors, fifty seven years apart in age, describe their experiences, successes, and struggles as each recounts his or her role in civic life. With many lively and personal experiences, they draw forth seven lessons or insights they have gleaned, and the values they wish to impart. They hope to inspire young people to consider public service, whether it be government or the non-profit world as both a challenging and satisfying career, and one that will strengthen the bonds of our all too fragile democracy. I hope many people of all ages will be inspired by this book and our country will see a great influx of talented and dedicated public servants.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sumner kaufman on July 13, 2013
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If only all the critical lessons of life could be presented with such clarity and conviction as Tom and Ernestine have offered us here! These seven lessons appropriately conclude with a chapter describing the opportunity to implement these lessons by utilizing the eighth wonder of the world, the Internet, and its offsprings, Digital and Social Media.
We are taught each of these lessons through the engaging chronicling of personal experiences of two passionate practitioners of civic engagement who are separated by nearly three score years but of a mind on public service. Tom recalls his extraordinary accomplishments in government, politics and education and thereby animates these lessons with the vitality of "this is how it actually happened". Ernestine descriptively recounts events and experiences in her young but equally remarkable life that also confirm these lessons.
Civic Work, Civic Lessons is a lively read even as it addresses the profound need for setting the value of civic engagement in the minds of today's youth.
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A thoroughly enjoyable and informative read particularly for those of us who embrace the values and virtues of volunteering. I learned from Tom’s wisdom earned through decades of civic leadership and found Ernestine’s personal accounts relatable and engaging. A must-read discourse for students looking to work in the citizen sector. I highly recommend Civic Work, Civic Lessons for every generation of reader.
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By Bill Plater on October 4, 2013
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After having read Civic Work, Civic Lessons and thought about the book for a few weeks, I have just placed an order for a third copy of the book. Tom Ehrlich and Ernestine Fu have inspired me to think deeply and reflectively about all of the wonderful mentors I have had over many years in many contexts--and those younger people whom I have had the joy and privilege of mentoring. Their book of lessons and reflections is not so much a model or blueprint for others to follow as a platform for developing and enriching the unique and individual relationships we all have with mentors, complete with guideposts along the way suggesting how we might define our own journeys and take stock of what we are doing--and why. I have begun buying copies of the book for people whom I have mentored and whom I know to be themselves mentoring others. I believe that Ehrlich and Fu have taught us yet one more valuable lesson about the intentionality of succession and connection: we need to pass it on. We certainly need to engage more deeply in civic work in these troubled times, and we need to be increasingly intentional about how capacity for civic leadership is developed. If you have a few dollars, I highly recommend an investment in the future by buying a copy of Civic Work, Civic Lessons and by giving it to someone whom you have mentored with a note about what the relationship has meant to you and what they will mean to those whom they, in turn, mentor. Thanks, Tom Ehrlich and Ernestine Fu for helping me fulfill one part of my civic duty.
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