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Product Details

  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159102708X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591027089
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,143,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sheila Suess Kennedy (Indianapolis, IN) is professor of law and public policy at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis. She is the author of Distrust, American Style: Diversity and the Crisis of Public Confidence; What's a Nice Republican Girl Like Me Doing in the ACLU?; and God and Country: America in Red and Blue, among other publications.

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I am currently a Professor of Law and Public Policy at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, where I am a member of IUPUI's Philanthropic Studies faculty, a Faculty Fellow with both the Center for Religion and American Culture and the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, and an adjunct professor of political science. (All of which sounds more impressive than it is.)

I hold a B.S. from Indiana University, and earned my J.D. from I.U. in 1975. My (checkered!) career includes the practice of real estate, administrative and business law in Indianapolis, my home town, a stint as Corporation Counsel for the City of Indianapolis (from 1977-1980) and, in 1980, a run for Congress as a Republican. I lost.

I was president of Kennedy Development Services, a real-estate development firm, from 1987-1992, when I became Executive Director of the Indiana ACLU. I joined the faculty of the School of Public and Environmental affairs in 1998.

I've written six books, all of which are available through Amazon: What's a Nice Republican Girl Like Me Doing at the ACLU?(Prometheus Books); Free Expression in America: A Documentary History (Greenwood Publishing); Pickin' Fights With Thunderstorms: A Love Story (Kern) ; Charitable Choice at Work: Faith-Based Jobs Programs in the States (with Wolfgang Bielefield)(Georgetown University Press), God and Country: America in Red and Blue (Baylor University Press); and Distrust, American Style: Diversity and the Crisis of Public Confidence (Prometheus Books). I also was co-editor of To Market, To Market: Reinventing Indianapolis, an analysis of Indianapolis' privatization experience under former Mayor Stephen Goldsmith (University Press of America).

In addition to these books and my articles in scholarly journals and law reviews, etc., for the past twelve years I have written a regular column for the Indianapolis Star and been a frequent contributor to other blogs and periodicals.

My husband Bob is an architect, and we have five children and four (gorgeous, brilliant, exceptional) grandchildren.


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DISTRUST AMERICAN STYLE: DIVERSITY AND THE CRISIS OF PUBLIC CONFIDENCE offers a fine analysis of the changing political system by a political scientist who considers the national psyche and claims that growing diversity and the breakdown of community interaction resulted in the problems we have today. Any college-level collection strong in government systems and values, along with many a high school political science library, needs this.
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By Lasean Davis on June 10, 2013
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The book is all over the place. Just needed it for a class. It starts off very intersting, but as you get into it, it does not stick to the key points within the introduction.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 4, 2009
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An excellent book on how "good government" reforms can not only restore public trust in the government itself, but can help hold together our increasing diverse society. Like all of Kennedy's books, it is extremely thoughtful, thought-provoking, and well written.
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