Geldard's book is well worth the reading, for it's virtually impossible to come away from a visit with Emerson without feeling spiritually enriched.
--New York Journal of Books
In these pages the mind and heart of Emerson show us why we are here, both as Americans, and as individual human beings in the vast, universal world. Geldard's book offers a landmark interpretation of America's greatest philosopher. (Jacob Needleman, author of What Is God? and The American Soul )
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Ralph Waldo Emerson is the most quoted American. He speaks to and for what makes Americans American, regardless of national/religious heritage. Copies of his Essays are as common as the Bible in American homes. Voicing strong American values--self-reliance, the infinitude of the private individual, the integrity of one's own mind as what is most sacred--Emerson helps us identify, and possibly meet one another anew in, a common ground. This "landmark interpretation" of Emerson's work helps us to see how, in contrast to the American Dream, the Dream of America evokes something deeper, more fundamental, and infinitely more adequate to the immediate challenges of our personal, nationa, and global crises.