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Funny, full of clarity and timeless principles
on January 19, 2014
This book is of course political, but it is also more than political - it explains the Tragic View of life, and how that leads to conservative principles. It also explains that the American Founders shared this view, and this is why they wisely wrote our Constitution as they did. Mamet brilliantly contrasts this tragic view with the Utopian or Idealistic View of life, and you can see clearly why we are now burdened with all these officious "do-gooders" polluting our lives with their confused sanctimony.
The book is divided into 39 essays, and the first 2/3s of them hang together pretty well. A few of the later essays, while nice reading, seem less connected to his central theme.
There's a lot of wisdom in this book, excellently expressed. If I was writing speeches for a conservative candidate, this book would be a "go-to" resource for useful quotes. If you love the American culture that has thrived under our Constitution for so long, and want to remind your representative how and why it's worked so well, this should be a book you press into their hands.
Even more important, if you have kids, and want them to have fulfilling, successful lives, read this book to them.