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Before his untimely death in 1977 at the age of 47, Herbert J. Storing was one of the most widely read and respected political essayists in the halls of academia. As this representative selection indicates, Storing's interests ranged across the spectrum of U.S. political culture and history. His cogent and fascinating ruminations on the founding fathers portrays them as superb practical politicians; they were actually aware that their proposals coming out of Philadelphia would have to pass muster before a larger audience. In discussing the Bill of Rights, he convincingly indicates that its incorporation into the Constitution was by no means inevitable; in fact, many Federalists felt that its adoption ran counter to the spirit of a written Constitution. Finally, in this current era of heightened racial and ethnic consciousness, Storing's deliberations on slavery, race relations, and the significance of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington are invaluable for their balance, restraint, and common sense. As the title implies, Storing sought to point the way toward better government and a better society, yet he did so while imbued with a healthy respect for the limitations of human "perfectibility." Politicians of all stripes can benefit from an awareness of such limits. Jay Freeman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Herbert J. Storing was the Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, where he also served as the director of Study of the Presidency at the White Burkitt Miller Center for Public Affairs. He was also a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellows.
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  • Paperback: 469 pages
  • Publisher: Aei Press (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844738409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844738406
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey K. Tulis on March 30, 2015
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This book is not as well known as it should be. Storing offers path-breaking, profound, and classic essays on a stunning variety of subjects: the American founding, slavery and race, the problems and prospects for big government, the idea of statesmanship, and much more. Uniting these diverse themes is the perspective of a constitution-maker, one who understands the design of the the whole American polity and is capable of diagnosing its problems. The first step to repairing the defects in American politics is learning how to think about them. No book on American politics does this better than Storing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By italtrav on February 16, 2015
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Herb Storing died the summer after my first year in grad school. I am extremely grateful to have been able to take courses on the Founding the American Presidency, both of which have been of immense use to help guide my thinking over the past 40 years. It is a fine thing to have these essays ready-to-hand and AEI is to be applauded for keeping the volume in print.
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It's on the syllabus for a Masters Government class that I'm taking this summer, so It's fine for that purpose.
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