- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Liveright; 1 edition (June 23, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 087140690X
- ISBN-13: 978-0871406903
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality 1st Edition
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“The book is a tour de force of close textual analysis.” (Gordon S. Wood - New York Review of Books)
“Our Declaration is an artful, often elegiac meditation on the meaning of Jefferson's famous words for our time. Allen brings the analytical skills of a philosopher, the voice of a gifted memorialist, and the spirit of a soulful humanist to the task at hand, and manages to do something quite rare, find new meaning in Jefferson’s understanding of equality.” (Joseph J. Ellis, author of Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence)
“Our Declaration sets forth a bold thesis… Allen’s passion for each of the Declaration’s 1,337 words is admirable.” (Steven B. Smith - New York Times Book Review)
“This wise and rich book is what we need in these troubled times―a robust and persuasive defense of equality and liberty grounded in our national scripture. Danielle Allen is a towering political philosopher of the democratic art of being and a force for good!” (Cornel West, author of Democracy Matters: Winning the War on Imperialism)
“Danielle Allen celebrates the Declaration of Independence by reading it closely―line by line, comma by comma―and invites her fellow citizens to do the same. The result is a richly rewarding book that demonstrates the pleasures of slow reading, the power of words to shape events, and the importance of equality to democratic life.” (Michael Sandel, author of What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets)
“Danielle Allen's poignant and personal reflection on the Declaration of Independence is a rare and singular work…[S]he has written a book that throws open a door to a large circle of readers: anyone with a stake in democracy. Her observations about the importance of language in building and sustaining a republic are especially resonant and worthy of the towering rhetoric of the Declaration. Our Declaration holds the promise of both discovery and rediscovery whether you've never read the Declaration or have memorized each of its 1,337 words.” (Ann Marie Lipinski, curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University)
“Our Declaration is a primer on all that we have been missing… Not just an invaluable civics lesson but also a poignant personal memoir… Allen is an evangelist for this romantic moment in American history when men of uncommon vision and political deftness stated their case and listed their grievances against the most powerful nation on Earth.” (Thane Rosenbaum - The Washington Post)
“An astounding new book that should reinvigorate public understanding of the founding document of the United States… Reading Ms. Allen makes reading the Declaration meaningful and enjoyable―a powerful enough lesson it is't own right.” (Sarah J. Purcell - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
“At once simple, sharp and deftly executed.” (Kirkus Reviews)
About the Author
Danielle Allen is the James Conant Bryant University Professor at Harvard University and author of Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality, winner of the Parkman Prize. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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That's not to say this isn't well researched. I think it's superbly organized and makes many informed conclusions based on the facts. It's just that she occasionally makes assertions regarding the framers' intent with some weak support.
If you consider yourself a Conservative (or any other kind of) supporter of the Constitution, don't forget that the Constitution is merely an attempt to codify the concepts that were so succinctly illuminated in the many months preceding July 4, 1776. THIS document is the foundation for understanding the intent of our Constitution, and Danielle Allen gives us an architect's understanding of that foundation.