- Series: Best American
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; 2007 ed. edition (October 10, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0618709274
- ISBN-13: 978-0618709274
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Best American Essays 2007 Paperback – October 10, 2007
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I think they are an interesting slice of current American opinion and attitude toward the human condition, generally well written and certainly the source of considerable discussion in the class which is largely of that slice of society best described as the well off, elderly comfortably retired members of society and is not friendly to change.
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"What Should a Billionaire Give--and What Should You?" by Peter Singer. He presents what many will find to be an extreme view of charity.
"Dragon Slayers"by Jarald Walker. The author, an African American, refutes a definition of embattled victimization as too limiting to African Americans.
"Apocalypse Now" by Edward O. Wilson. Wilson's attempt to bridge the gulf between science and religion in a "letter" to Baptists challenges the practices of both the scientific and religious community.
"An Orgy of Power" by George Gessert. The author shows the disturbing use of torture in US policy as being out of bounds historically.
"Loaded" by Garret Keizer. A "progressive" defense of gun ownership rooted in a Hobbesian worldview lays out the gun debate in a way I've never seen.
"What the Dog Saw" by Malcolm Gladwell. The author profiles "dog whisperer"and shows that many American dog owners unwittingly harm their dogs when they treat their pets like humans.
"Petrified" by John Lahr. He shows the curse of stage-fright and self-consciousness and why there is a moral imperative to overcome these afflictions.
"Onward, Christian Liberals" by Marilynne Robinson. The author rebukes "fundamentalism" by arguing that it is a betrayal of real Christianity.