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"Liu and Hanauer have proposed a powerful new way to think about how society works and there is a lot here for conservatives to work with and debate." --Noah Kristula-Green, The Daily Beast
The Gardens of Democracy provides a refreshing new conceptual approach to understanding our economic and political situation, and it will help us move past the fossilized ideas in today’s public debates.”--Francis Fukuyama, author of The Origins of Political Order
“Society is a garden. Liu and Hanauer’s simple metaphor makes the complexities and limits of social policy emerge before your eyes. Statists can’t see the interconnections of organic systems. Free marketers can’t see that a garden needs some tending. If you’re looking for a way forward out of America’s dangerous gridlock, read this wonderful book.”--Jonathan Haidt, Professor of psychology, University of Virginia and author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
“Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer are progressives who always think outside the box, and that’s why everyone should pay attention to them. The Gardens of Democracy shakes up our stale debate over government’s role in a dynamic society, and in a thoughtful, creative and inventive way. Everyone will find something to disagree with here, and that’s the point: getting us out of our comfort zones is an immensely useful democratic undertaking.”--E.J. Dionne Jr., author of Why Americans Hate Politics
"I just read a remarkable book by Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer. It is The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government. I highly recommend it as a big gust of fresh air to clear out the dense, stale, gases we have all been breathing when it comes to how we talk about politics and citizenship. It is time to break out of the prison of left/right thinking that has made politics so mean spirited in recent years... There is something in this new metaphor for both the left and the right."--Ray Smock, Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies
"Even if you don't agree with everything the authors propose, you will find 'The Gardens of Democracy' to be spirited and thought provoking."--The Bellingham Herald
A bit of pop science economics, management and brain research chosen to justify a left-wing vision of America. We don't want self-interest, we want true self-interest. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jackal
A liberal tome with a few bones thrown to the right for balance. The book shows the way for genuine progress in our country. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dan J. Stewart
If you're interested in the economy, politics and the perils of tickle-down economics, then read this book! It has a clear liberal bias but states the truth at the same time.Published 5 months ago by Sara
This is a must read for those who question the polarization of our country.Published 7 months ago by gareth
This is a very good book but people are so polarized now that even good ideas aren't accepted. They need to write a sequel that bridges the divide then the policies in this book... Read morePublished 7 months ago by paul lee
A short book that seeks to redefine capitalism and civic responsibility along the lines of complex chaotic systems theory. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dan Allosso