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Ethical Ambition : Living a Life of Meaning and Worth Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 25, 2002
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I particularly enjoyed the life and faith lessons that can be learned from this book. Professor Bell's examples of making ethically moral choices even when they are unpopular were extraordinary. The several examples where he resigned due to his employer's lack of inclusiveness, or where he was denied his constitutional right to free association were memorable.
Also, most noteworthy are the examples of the Israeli soldiers that risked court martial for the rights of other people; and the college dean that questioned why the college athletes were allowed to graduate with minimal skills while tutors and professors pass them along. Each one of his examples of human courage made me reflect and feel warm and peaceful inside.
By reading this book, I, too, became reflective and tried to envision how this book had meaning in my life. I remembered the circumstance when I refused to join an organization because I was told not all races were included. I refused to join because the price to my morals and any notion that I have to right and wrong would have been irreparable.
I think one of the main lessons to remember from this book is that we are all here together. We can not live our lives in a vacuum. We must make ethical life choices for the betterment of the human race.
God bless Professor Bell and us too because we are able to read his writing that enrich our lives. Professor Bell is a wonderful person and exquisite writer with vision. I thoroughly enjoyed his thoughtful, knowledgeable and humanistic views of our life experiences.Read more ›
"Ethical Ambition" goes well beyond anything Derrick Bell has ever written. This is his meditation on living a successful and ethical life. I read the book (my first reading) in two nights, and was mesmerized by his stories and insights. I found myself tearing up a sheet of paper and placing it between the pages that I wanted to come back to and further explore. I think the book is intended as a springboard to thought by the reader, as he or she explores his or her own life and the lives of others who have influenced us. It is intended to be shared with others as a "gift"--you want other people to have their own experiences with the book, which is a most effective surrogate for visiting with Professor Bell and the people around him.
I have been asked to speak to a group of law students about the impact of the civil rights movement of the 1960s on the practice of law and the treatment of minority lawyers and clients. I feel that I am infinitely more capable of expressing my own ideas after spending time with this book, which helped to elucidate and clarify ideas that were not well formulated in my own mind.
What more may one ask of a book or a teacher? In addition to what you may gain, this meditation on life's great themes is an easy and enjoyable read.
Please take the trip with Professor Bell and his life companions--it will be a most worthwhile, honest and life-affirming journey, and should leave you with a better understanding of your own life and an appreciation for the lives of people around you
The challenge for anyone entering any profession is posed by the ancient philosopher's dilemma, "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I?" Different people have laid different levels of emphasis on each half of the question, but a person who spends most of his or her energy addressing the second half is likely to make the sort of mark on the world that posterity will commend. Derrick Bell represents the consummate application of one answer to this question to the legal profession, and explains his approach in this book. He certainly did a better job along those lines than I will unless my career takes a radical detour in the next few years. I hope my friend's niece will outshine me as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed and savored every page. If you wish to live an ethical life or read stories of those who have it is my prayers that somehow I will incorporate courage in my life and workPublished 6 months ago by Grace N. Kamwati
This book is a must read for individuals whom are willing to delve deeper into the realm of serious thought, embrace their social responsibility and action, and are both concerned... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Raze
I loved that it included the names of historical figures as well as what they said and did to promote social justice.Published on April 28, 2014 by e.j.
From former civil rights attorney to professor, Derrick Bell provides the basis for ethical living to care for one's own soul. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Jeff Butler
If you want to listen to Bell talk about how great he is and all of his accomplishments, this is the book for you. I took very little away from the book. Read morePublished on February 4, 2009 by Amazonian
This book was required reading for first year-law students at my university. I sought inspiration here but there is nothing inspirational about the man or his book. Read morePublished on January 14, 2009 by Whit Roberts
In "Ethical Ambition," influential law professor and New York Times best selling author ("Faces at the Bottom of the Well"), Derrick Bell, addresses a paradox of success, "How can... Read morePublished on July 13, 2008 by Thomas M. Loarie