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David's Sling: A History of Democracy in Ten Works of Art 1st Edition

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About the Author

Victoria C. G. Coates is a cultural historian who received her Ph.D. from The University of Pennsylvania specializing in Italian renaissance studies. She regularly contributes to conferences and symposia in the United States and Europe, and her work has appeared in The Sixteenth-Century Journal, Gazette des Beaux-Arts and Renaissance Studies. In 2007, Dr. Coates became the Director, of Research in the Office of Donald Rumsfeld and provided editorial support and content analysis for Mr. Rumsfeld's New York Times best-selling memoir Known and Unknown. In 2011, Dr. Coates joined the Rick Perry presidential campaign as an advisor for foreign policy. In 2013 she became a senior advisor for national security policy for the United States Senate. She has also been a senior fellow at the Commonwealth Foundation, an adjunct fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a consulting curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Dr. Coates lives in Philadelphia with her husband, two children and two dogs.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books; 1 edition (January 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594037213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594037214
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book immediately upon learning of its release (a decision happily confirmed here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-art-of-democracy-1452286091), as I'd long been mystified as to why so few have ever called attention to the obvious connection between human freedom and human creativity. Thus, in addition to the countless other benefits of political, social, and economic freedom -- which together have conspired to create historically unprecedented peace and prosperity for those peoples who enjoy them -- we can add the flourishing of the human spirit, as manifested in its art. Well done, Victoria Coates -- and thank you for finally drawing attention to this important and fascinating story.
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This book changed the way I look at art. Dr. Coates walks the reader through the historical progression of democracies and their art from the Parthenon and Michelangelo's David to Monet's Water Lilies and the American West. For someone like me who is a student of government but lacks familiarity with art history, this book elucidated the link between democratic institutions of government and the unique art commissioned to represent them. I came away with a deeper appreciation for the political context of the great artistic works of history and the characters involved in their creation. An engaging book that tells the story behind the great artists that emerged from the great democracies...and how the world would likely never have known and enjoyed these creative giants without the political institutions that set the necessary economic and cultural conditions for their timeless contributions.
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I'm a student (and practitioner!) of politics, and I've also been a student of art history. This book weaves both topics into an educational, inspirational, and transformational tapestry that leaves the reader hoping for a sequel. The author masterfully draws the reader into the historical--and emotional--context of each work of art (and so many others related to the ten featured pieces) in ways that require the reader to see art--and the struggle for human liberty--in entirely new ways. While the book performs wonderfully as a unit, each chapter also stands strongly on its own, making it easy to return to the pages time and again. And since this book is assembled so beautifully, once you're done devouring the text as I did, it'll make an attractive coffee-table book that people who have not yet read a word of it could still enjoy. I've already bought copies as gifts for friends as well, and I expect you'll do the same.
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I think this shall be the perfect gift for the new Director of Curriculum in our school district as she hopefully makes her case why art education should be more highly valued and more fully supported and provided in the public school setting.
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Fascinating read, reviews the creation of 12 great works of art in the setting of the political climate and impact of democratic vibrant society on the creation of great art works. Enjoyed this book and recommend it. I am not an art history person but I enjoy reading history and have seen in person several of the works she discusses. I recommend this book for anyone interested in art and history .
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The authress writes beautifully and brings life to both history and art. Each of the ten chapters discusses pivotal times in the evolution of democracy and in parallel discusses artist's whose work is representative of these shifting times. Although niether an artist nor a student of history, I've have the good fortune to have seen eight of the ten artworks presented. I only wish that beforehand I had the benefit of knowing the information presented in David's Sling.
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Coates braids history and art into a captivating narrative. Both experts and armatures will appreciate Coate's economical pace and judiciousness with details that attempt to bring personality to history. You do not need to be an art historian to benefit from David's Sling.
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a wonderful account by a knowledgable art historian linking the history of democracy with art works from the Parthenon in Athens to Picasso and Monet's paintings
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