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The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos Hardcover – May 11, 2021
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“Ahmari’s tour de force makes tradition astonishingly vivid and relevant for the here and now. Only a writer with Ahmari’s intellect, his audacious commitment to faith and reason, and a journalist’s gift for storytelling could have pulled this off.”—Rod Dreher, bestselling author of Live Not by Lies and The Benedict Option
“A serious—and seriously readable—book about the deep questions that our shallow age has foolishly tried to dodge.”—Douglas Murray, bestselling author of The Madness of Crowds and The Strange Death of Europe
“As having a child instantly teaches us, it’s no longer about you. Ahmari uses his personal experience, but then broadens out to draw on wisdoms of all ages and faiths. He jars us out of our selfie-obsessed world with the clear message that commitment to faith, to others, and to humanity is actually the most liberating existence of all.”—Martha MacCallum, anchor of The Story on Fox News and author of Unknown Valor
“In this fascinating book, Sohrab Ahmari eloquently articulates what many American Founders understood and the French revolutionaries forgot: that faith is essential for freedom to truly flourish, and that we abandon the wisdom of the past at great peril to our future. Traditional Jews, Christians, and all who care about the future of the West are in his debt.”—Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, director, the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, Yeshiva University
“A unique and hopeful book that reminds us that the human person is made for great and beautiful things—far more than the vision of life offered by our society today.”—Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles
“Drawing on the deepest wells of ancient and modern wisdom from around the world, The Unbroken Thread weaves together essential lessons desperately needed to guide a new generation into an uncertain future.”—Patrick J. Deneen, professor of political science, University of Notre Dame, and author of Why Liberalism Failed
“Sohrab Ahmari has been thinking for himself since arriving from Iran as a youth. Paradoxically, he has thought himself back into the heart of our best traditions and has seen, with striking clarity, that the modern quest for total liberation of the intellect and will is both quixotic and damaging, individually and collectively. This clever and engaging work is the result; the dozen questions it asks are fresh, and the answers it gives are powerfully persuasive.”—Adrian Vermeule, Ralph S. Tyler, Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School
About the Author
- Publisher : Convergent Books (May 11, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593137175
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593137178
- Item Weight : 1.16 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.45 x 1.09 x 9.53 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sohrab Ahmari has written such a book. Interestingly, I didn't have to wait until the end to experience this. For me, I had to stop and reflect in a deep way after just the third chapter! It is on the Sabbath.
This book is a sweeping journey across some of the world's greatest thinkers: spanning time, geography, and culture. Ahmari masterfully weaves these thinkers and ideas into a book that addresses the chaos of today. His book subdues the chaos not with chains and ropes but with the unbroken threads of wisdom and tradition.
Turn off the news... turn off the noise... read this book.
What’s the difference between liberty and license?
Is the maximization of personal freedom really a worthwhile/noble pursuit?
What kind of world are we leaving to our children?
These are deep questions. They want for exhaustive answers and my only complaint is that this book isn’t twice as long and four times as in-depth. Amhari has, more than any other author, nailed down exactly my thoughts on so much of the world we live in. Read this book!
Although acid-free, the quality of the paper is about as cheap as one gets for a hardcover book.
Editorially, the publisher should be ashamed:
1. No chapter titles at the tops of pages, only the mindlessly repeated "The Unbroken Thread" at the top of the page at the left; and "Sohrab Ahmari" at the top of the page at the right. This is mindlessly done throughout the entire book. Well-published books have chapter #'s and chapter titles at the tops of the pages. Who on earth even needs the title of the book and the author at the top of every darn page throughout the entire book? This is a cheap-skate cheap-out way of not wanting to take the time and trouble to print chapter-specific headings for each page.
2. Footnotes are at the back of the book, and one is stuck thumbing to the back, and trying to remember what chapter one is reading, in order to view the relevant footnotes. Again: this is such a cheap-out cheap-skate thing to do. At the very least, when footnotes are reserved to the end of the book like this, there ought to be page numbers for the footnotes, so that one need remember only what page you were reading, not having to look up -- almost every time -- what chapter you were reading.
3. The index is also cheap-out: there are no subdivisions within any one index entry. So that if you are trying to find something that you knew you had read, but can't remember where in the book you read it, you are nonetheless stuck looking at multiple page # references in the index, with absolutely no context given as to what each referenced text is about. For example, if looking in the index under "Romans", one has six -- six!! -- different page numbers referenced in the text; with absolutely zero context given for each page # that is indexed. You are stuck looking through them all to find what you are trying to find. This is super-lazy "editing", and I think doesn't even qualify for that term, because the index might as well have been assembled by an A.I. software program that just scans the text for key words, to make it look like the book has actually been indexed by a thinking human being. What a cheap-out.
4. It appears that the pages are not sewn, but glued to the spine. This is, again, a super cheap-out.
For $23, the publisher and printer gave the reader nothing near the quality of workmanship that finer books show. If I had to make the purchase again, I would buy it used, for sure. As printed, this book is cheaply made, at a high price.
My advice to the author: if you write another book, find a publisher who respects you enough not to publish a cheap-skate book. Find a publisher who respects you enough to print higher quality paper; better chapter headings; better index; better footnotes; etc.