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Handmaking America: A Back-to-Basics Pathway to a Revitalized American Democracy Paperback – August 28, 2012
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Bill Ivey is the founding director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University. During his long tenure in public service, he served as Senate-confirmed chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts in the Clinton-Gore administration, and in that capacity is credited with both increasing the agency's budget and restoring good relations between the NEA and Capitol Hill. He is a trustee of the Center for American Progress, and served as a Team Leader in the Barack Obama presidential transition. He is the author of "Arts, Inc. How Greed and Neglect have Destroyed our Cultural Rights," and "Engaging Art: the Next Great Transformation of America's Cultural Life." As past president of the American Folklore Society, he today serves as China Liaison for that group. He makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Halfway through the book he twice takes up entire areas already addressed, if not "covered." He makes some good observations and cites many interesting & even inspiring/insightful quotes of political players. BUT, it took too long to read
and needed an editor. One more book that assumes there is no reasonable point of view/party than ones own. It won't
be fun reading for most conservatives, who have their own concerns which they feel are not being addressed or even understood. He's a bit lost technology discussions. Technology is here to stay and has produced some surprising cultural shifts, some good, others bad, just like all technologies.