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Why do people show poorer manners today than in previous ages? How did we come to confuse rudeness with self-expression and acting on our "rights"? Carter looks at these and other important questions with a combination of his personal experiences and an extremely long shelf of reading material, all the while maintaining an informal writing style that continually--but politely--engages the reader, inviting him or her to think about these issues along with Carter.
There are important messages here about generosity and trust, about respecting diversity and dissent, and about resolving conflict through dialogue rather than mandate. Stephen Carter would never be so uncivil as to demand your attention, but Civility most definitely compels. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A excellent book! Calls us to a standard of conduct that should be the goal of all of us if our society, as we know it , is to endure.Published 9 months ago by Philip Reiswig
Stephen L. Carter's "Civility" was first published in 1998, some fifteen years ago. In it he speaks first of all about what civility is. Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Doug Erlandson
While the subject matter is quite interesting, the book is very wordy. The author's point could have been made very clear in a book about half the size of this one.Published on April 18, 2013 by Rachel
Very inspiring take on our society's
urgent need for civility from an
intelligent and articulate law
professor. I highly recommend this book.
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quick turnaround and the book was as described. would purchase from this seller again.Published on November 4, 2009 by Donald E. Campbell
I have read this book cover to cover at least a dozen times. I bought it for Christmas gifts last year. i have two copies, because I'm always loaning one out. it's that good. Read morePublished on August 23, 2009 by Benjamin Lambert
This book is not a book of etiquette. It is an historical review, leading to how personal behavior affects our society. Read more
With today's busy vehicles everywhere, pedestrians beware. Many are killed by hasty, untrained drivers and nothing is done. Read morePublished on December 13, 2006 by Betty Burks