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The Rowan Tree by [Fuller, Robert W.]
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The Rowan Tree...is the type of novel that is often called "sweeping" - it spans six decades and has a backdrop of global politics as a framework. It tackles tough subjects, the types of subjects that often lead to heated conversations on The Good Men Project - education reform, interracial relationships, nuclear disarmament, world government, college and pro basketball...Ultimately, The Rowan Tree tells the story of a young man's search for meaning and purpose in an age of irony. He finds it in his discovery of the centrality of dignity in human relationships, and this insight propels him onto the world stage. - The Good Men Project

About the Author

Robert W. Fuller earned his Ph.D. in physics at Princeton University and taught at Columbia, where he co-authored Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics. After serving as president of Oberlin College, he became a "citizen diplomat," working toward improving international relations during the Cold War. During the 1990s, he served as board chair of the non-profit global corporation Internews and promoted democracy via free and independent media. When the Cold War ended with the collapse of the USSR, Fuller reflected on his career and realized that he had been, at different times in his life, a somebody and a nobody. His periodic sojourns into "Nobodyland" led him to identify rankism--abuse of the power inherent in rank--and ultimately to write Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank. Three years later, he published a sequel that focuses on building a "dignitarian society" titled All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity. With co-author Pamela Gerloff, he has also published Dignity for All: How to Create a World Without Rankism. His most recent books are Religion and Science: A Beautiful Friendship?, From Genome to Wenome: The Key to Universal Dignity, and The Rowan Tree: A Novel.

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  • File Size: 1221 KB
  • Print Length: 540 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0NH3Y2
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Robert Fuller's "The Rowan Tree" is a monumental tale--a modern-day Arthurian legend imbued with utopian idealism. Knowing Fuller as a mathematician--he is the author of the classic textbook on quantum physics (Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics)--I expected a dry, didactic tome. It is anything but! Fuller tells a compelling and complex tale of love stories: a young college President with a black student activist, their son's unknowing tryst with his half-sister, and others. The book explores territory on the other side of several taboos. There are numerous plot changes. The characters are vibrant, indelible. The story moves with astonishing speed. Along the way, we learn about some of the most important issues of our times--nuclear disarmament, sexual identities, racism, etc. The underlying theme throughout is Fuller's passion for dignity, which underlies each of the conflicts and human frailties we encounter in this marvelous tome. Along the way we learn about educational reform and governance, go backstage in the world of classical ballet and follow the hero and his son's journey to transform the world's political system along "dignitarian" lines. It is a compelling story, filled with utopian idealism and unforgettable characters. You won't be disappointed.
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Combining the best aspects of mystery, romance, political thriller, and future utopian vision, i found Fuller's characters involving and compelling. Using fiction to put forward a vision of a more perfect world - one that is possible to come to be - is a noble and ambitious project, and Fuller has done a fabulous job of it!

This one i will read again, and again.

Lou Judson
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This is a book of political opinions written under the guise of a novel. If you are interested in how politics work internationally as well as domestically this one is for you. The. Story was secondary to the political issues.
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The narrative takes the reader to unexpected places, cleverly spanning history with glimpses of a future possible. The philosophy could have so easily been overdone, but instead allowed the characters to evolve in each of their own story arcs. I have been reflecting on my own responses ever since. Read it and allow the lessons to shape your own story...
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I'm a big fan of historical fiction. I believe emotional truth is often spoken more clearly in fiction than in non-fiction. For sure, it can be more eloquent and can more effectively get past the habitual barriers posed by our rational minds. This is the case for The Rowan Tree by Dr. Robert Fuller. He's covered a lot of ground in this novel, from the tumultuous 60s, with its seething campuses, into a vision of the world in the late 2020s. I've always known that we imagine something before it can manifest and Fuller has painted a grand portrait of deep listening and dignity that we can live our way into. I loved this book. The Rowan Tree is an excellent read and I'm hoping it will soon be available in audio as well as print form.
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Well written and smoothly flowing. Interesting characters and unusual plot. It develops a concept of how to bring the world together which is very plausible - if - the world would cooperate. However, I thought the book way too long. It came to a natural conclusion several times but just kept going. It wasn't necessary for all the repetition of ideas via different characters. Oh the whole I liked it but eventually got tired of reading and found myself skipping to the end.
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I've been enjoying Robert Fuller's new novel, a family story that enlightens as it winds through our generation's national and global challenges. Its a compelling narrative based on the theories that Bob first presented in his classic 2004 book: "Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank"
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The first third would have made a fine book on its own -- interesting characters, insight into the world of academia, and a glimpse into a formative time in US history.

The rest seemed rushed -- too much happening -- and was hard for me to get through.
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